Painting on Styrofoam

Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!

Plaidie Laddie
Plaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws).

“Dear Plaidie Laddie, I love all of the cute styrofoam projects that turn up on Paint Me Plaid. I’ve tried a few of them, but I can’t get the seem to get the same great color saturation that Julie and the other designers get on their projects. What’s the secret?” Tammy from Georgia

There are really two secrets to painting on foam:

  1. Use Apple Barrel paint. The bold colors and the shiny finish look great on styrofoam, plus the paint is inexpensive so even if you wind up using several coats of paint to get the look you’re looking for, you aren’t breaking the bank to complete your project.
  2. Use a spouncer!

Spounce Pool Blue on the styrofoam.
Spouncers are able to really grab that styrofoam and deposit paint in all the nooks and crannies. If you’re more comfortable using a paint brush, we recommend that you use a bouncer to basecoat your surface and then use a regular paint brush to add detail, much the way Julie did in her “You Mean the World to Me, Dad” project.

Paint the countries of the globe.

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