Some brands of clay do not work well with paint, so it is best to test the paint on the clay before using it. There are many customized color packs, kits and resins on the market, but you can also easily create your own colored clay using ink, acrylic, metal powder, chalk, or crayon stains. You can also use nail polish or acrylic paints for these clay creations, as they won't wear out too much due to their decorative effect.\n\n\n\nPolymer clay can be painted. Acrylic paints are normally used for this. Furthermore, polymer clay retains a constant shape and size while it is being cured, so one can paint items made with clay before baking it. Items painted before baking may have better paint adhesion.\n\n\n\nOnce the paint is dry and the clay has hardened, you can try applying glaze or spray paint to give yourself a nice round look and make sure the paint doesn't flake off. However, if you choose to paint before firing, make sure the clay and paint are dry before firing. If you are using water-based paints such as acrylics, let the colored clay dry for at least two to three days before baking. If you are using water-based paints such as acrylics, let the colored clay dry for at least two to three days before baking.\n\n\n\nAs with oil paint, you'll want to test your watercolor on a piece of pre-fired clay to see how the clay reacts to the paint and practice to get the effect you want. Always test the paint you want to use on a fired sample of the brand of clay you want to use.\n\n\n\nCan You Paint Polymer Clay With Acrylic Paint?\n\n\n\nYes, you can use any ordinary acrylic paint before firing the polymer clay (or any other clay in general), or you can use the acrylic paint after firing the polymer clay. Just make sure they contain more pigments than acrylic, because I have had the worst experience I have made with a $2 bottle of cheap acrylic resin, which contains almost no pigment. Yes, you can use acrylic paint on the clay, but the problem is that you can use acrylic before the clay is baked. If you use acrylic after the polymer clay is baked, you need to sand and seal the painted surface to protect it.\n\n\n\nTherefore, if you can afford it, this type of acrylic paint will usually provide the best results for your polymer clay projects. If you want it to stand out, use acrylic or gouache clay. These types of paint are best used to paint air-dried clay, but you can also use poster paint or even nail polish if you prefer.\n\n\n\nWatercolors and oil paints work as well, but they are much more difficult to work with and will not have the same effect as acrylics. The only exception is watercolors, which can be difficult to work with and can cause bubbles when mixed with clay prior to firing due to their higher water content.\n\n\n\nIf you decide to use paint in a polymer project, be sure to take the time to test the process and make sure you know how to get the desired result. We have completed this research for you, so you can be sure that you are using the correct paint for your resin work.\n\n\n\nFirst, you have many options for which paint to use. Since there are different types of clays and paints, it can be difficult to determine exactly which painting products are best to use.\n\n\n\nSome paints adhere better than others to different types of clay. In some cases, applying paint to wet clay will provide better adhesion. However, one should beware of the fact that the color of the paint may change during the preparation process.\n\n\n\nInstead, before starting a larger project, test the paint on a small piece of clay to see how it reacts. If the paint does not hold well or there is a problem with your paint covering the clay underneath, you may need to prepare the sculpture before painting. If the paint does not adhere well to the polymer clay, this may be due to the formation of a thin oil film on the surface of the clay, which repels water. Acrylic paint is water-based. If the clay does not completely evaporate all the water when you put it in the oven, annoying bubbles may appear on the surface of the clay, or the clay may not even harden completely, and you are done. Use very fragile clay.\n\n\n\nWhat Happens When You Paint Polymer Clay With Acrylics?\n\n\n\nAcrylic paint is a water-based paint, and if you cook clay with residual water, the clay will not harden properly and become brittle when you take it out of the oven, or it may even form nasty bubbles on the surface of the clay. The short answer is you can do both, but staining the polymer clay before baking can cause some problems if not all of the water in the paint has completely evaporated. In many cases, applying a water-based paint to unfired polymer clay can cause blistering after baking.\n\n\n\nThis is because there is still moisture in the clay and paint, which starts to boil when heated. After the clay has been cooked and cooled, it may happen that the paint cannot adhere to the surface; this can happen if a thin layer of oil creates a barrier between the polymer and the paint. Otherwise, the paint may slip and slide over the surface instead of adhering properly.\n\n\n\nRub denatured alcohol into the clay with a cloth and wait a few seconds for it to dry. It is better to use a cloth than a handkerchief, as sometimes cloth dust can remain on the design, making the clay surface grainy and not smooth for drawing.\n\n\n\nYou can use any brush to paint on polymer clay, but if you want to get an insight into the details of your work, it is a good idea to buy a high-quality fine-pointed brush. Using a soft brush, apply the metallic paint directly to the clay before firing. Paint a small piece of cured clay with paint and set it aside.\n\n\n\nWhat Do You Do When You're Finished?\n\n\n\nIt depends on the type of paint you are using, but you can easily bake it if you let it sit for a couple of days. However, it is not recommended to use watercolor paint, as it can boil if it gets into the clay before baking, because it contains more water than acrylic. You can also use acrylics and other water-based paints, but the water in these paints must evaporate from the clay before cooking.\n\n\n\nYou can also use the marbling technique by adding paint to wet clay. If your clay creation will be used for its intended function, we recommend using materials that require firing when it comes to polymer paint. Ceramic materials such as slips, oxide stains and underglaze are also often used in clay painting.