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What are acrylic paint sprays?
It is simply very fluid acrylic paint in a spray bottle. This means that when it dries it cannot be reactivated by water. The ones I have are from the DecoArt Media line. Art Anthology also do a spray although I haven’t used it myself so I can’t comment on it and I’m not 100% sure it’s acrylic.
Why do I love them?
I get frustrated by sprays that reactivate when using wet media on top. It usually causes a muddy mess in my work. So getting the fun of spraying and knowing the paint won’t reactivate when I work on top is excellent! Depending on the colour/type of paint some of these are opaque, which adds another interesting dimension when working with these.
You can control the spray that comes out of the bottle. If you press down hard, you get a wide fine mist. If you press down a bit more slowly, you get a more targeted spray. If you press down really slowly you get splatter droplets.
Things to try
- Layer 2-3 different spray colours using different pressure for each layer. Start with a full layer of the first colour, then add a layer where you press down more slowly for smaller areas of colour and finish off with splatters by pressing down very slowly
- Spray through a stencil. Remember you can use the negative image by flipping the stencil over once it has paint on it. (Clean your stencils! I’m speaking from experience… I’m usually really lazy and paint isn’t too bad, but I once forgot to clean my stencil after using modeling paste…. I got muscle ache from all the scrubbing I had to do)
- Make your own spray. Use high flow acrylics undiluted or dilute your (fluid) acrylics. You can get spray bottles at the drug store / chemist
- Spray 3D elements. Either to use in art or as home decoration (ornaments, vases etc)
How do you use acrylic paint sprays? Leave a comment to let me know!