In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make your own Stampin’ UP Paints!!! This is something I have wanted to try before I even became a demonstrator so I finally got the nerve to test it out!!
If you didn’t already know, I was a painter long before I was a paper crafter. I took painting and sculpture classes my entire childhood and even through high school. Painting is my first love and so every now and again I pull out my acrylic paints and go to town!! I still have lots of my acrylic paints!
- White Acrylic Paint. Here I am using Liquitex Basics brand white acrylic paint. This is going to be found in the fine arts department of your local big crafting store. There are various brands of acrylic paints, but I use Liquitex Basics because they are cheap and come with more paint than some of the more professional paints.
- Paint storage containers. I don’t know what these are really called, but they are little snap close plastic containers that can be found in the fine arts painting department and they are for storing your paint after you mixed your colors (if you aren’t a painter then I will explain, this is important because with paints, you have to mix your own colors and when you finally have the right color, it is hard to recreate the exact same color so you want to save it!!). They are for storing your paint so it won’t dry out!! These have to be the coolest things! I have had some paints stored in these containers for over a year and they are still perfect and usable.
- Paintbrushes! The more the merrier! I have some watercolor brushes, some paint brushes you would find in stores like Home Depot, foam brushes, stipple brushes, fine art brushes anything you can find!!
- Stampin’ UP Classic Reinker in your favorite color (I am using Melon Mambo here)
- Lots of newspaper or something to protect your surface.
- A wet paper towel, this might get messy!!!
Supplies needed are shown above!!
Step 1: Spread out newspaper or cover your surface!
Step 2: Add white paint to your little paint storage container.
3. Add a few drops of Classic Reinker to your white paint.
4. Mix with the end of a paintbrush until you get a smooth color. If your color seems to light, add more reinker and mix again.
NOTE: The paint will look slightly lighter than your paper, but it will dry darker than it appears!! Shown below is the cardstock next to the newly mixed paint so you can see what I am talking about.