I do not generally use acrylic paints. I rely on oils for my paintings, and Krylon® spray paint is my best friend for found object assemblage. However, there are instances where only acrylic paints will suffice.
I have five paper mâché skulls that I am painting a base coat on, in preparation of a Day of the Dead piece that I still haven’t fully figured out.
Anyway, I picked up a handful of Artist Loft beginner’s kits, figuring they would give me plenty of acrylic paints for such projects.
Maybe it was a mistake to use Lemon Yellow as my first test – it took three coats to cover the skull, and the paint is still not uniform. For the first skull, I used red Shin Han acrylics, from Korea. The coverage was uniform and the pigment intense. The Artist Loft Lemon Yellow, on the other hand, is translucent.
For the next skull I used Artist Loft Cerulean Blue – the results were a little better, but still spotty and required two coats. The Shin Han green – since the tube is labeled in Korean, I do not know what shade of green – also covered with one coat.
Maybe I am using the wrong colors of Artist Loft, and need to choose a more opaque for the next (and final) skull. It can’t get any more opaque than Lamp Black – and so that will be my next test. If that doesn’t cover in one coat the I will have to give Artist Loft a thumb’s down for any serious artist. What good is paying half the price for a tube of paint if you have to use twice as much?