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#57642
Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
I missed the deadline for ordering the Pokorny Paints, so I decided to try out some of the cheap craft paints you can find at Wal*Mart or craft stores. My primary concern: will the paint dry thoroughly, or will it remain tacky? To find the answer, I decided to do a test piece.

I grabbed some dark grey paint in each of the following lines:
  • Apple Barrel ($0.57)
  • Folk Art Acrylic ($0.97)
  • Folk Art Multi-Surface Acrylic ($1.69)

I used each type to paint one brick, some dry-brushing, and a large section on the bottom. I just did this a few minutes ago, so I'll let them dry and check tomorrow to see if any of them remains tacky.

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#57665
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
Hi Bold,

Thanks you for testing these paints and thanks for posting!
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#57669
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
I haven't had much luck with the apple barrel paints. They seem to be a little sparse on color, watered down.
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#57785
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
Here's a picture of a couple of reaper bones minis I painted using craft paints from Michaels. They worked really well and are quite durable:

home.armourarchive.org/members/igelkott/bridge.jpg

(They look much better in person!)

The bridge I also bought at Michaels but didn't paint.. it came that way. I plan on using craft paints for the doors and furnishings.

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#57805
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
Michaels, Joann Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby can be awesome resources for paints and even mini terrain and accessories. They also often offer pretty awesome coupons. Sometimes even 50% off a single item. Makes grass mats, scenery water, and other bits far more affordable.
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My players rue the day I bought "Dragon Mountain". Ever since they give every creature a bit more respect. You never know when the GM will decide that this group is crafty...
 
#57820
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
I did my first test piece using Apple Barrel and it turned out pretty good. No tackiness at all.
imgur.com/sgS000e
imgur.com/vuMHFmr
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#57876
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
that looks good!
Will you apply another really light drybrush of slightly lighter color? i think another slight drybrush of a light ochre or such will really do it wonders, but if your happy, we all have our own taste:)
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#57913
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
Here is some stuff I painted:

home.armourarchive.org/members/igelkott/df/d1.jpg

The brown is folk art coffee bean. It looks good but it goes on too thick and is stinky paint. I don't like the folk art paints too much. I like the apple barrel paints and will be using them more.

The gold is Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold. It looks really nice.

I still need to wash these pieces with black ink and then do a little dry brushing, but I'm happy with them.
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#57967
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
Thanks for testing these. :) Apple Barrel worked well for me... This brand is known to be thin and watered down, which was ideal for this project. I tried to match the color to the ones Stefan created - of course, they don't match perfectly - but I really love how it came out. Here's my list: Dry coat 1: pewter grey; Random stone color: nutmeg brown; Light dry coat 2: haystack; Very light dry coat 3: antique white. Hope this helps.

~L
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#58044
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
I let the test tile dry, and I didn't notice any tackiness for any of the brands. To check the durability, I scratched each blob of dried paint with my fingernail. Some more info:
  • Apple Barrel: Dried quickly, and is very matte. However, it scratched easily.
  • Folk Art Acrylic: Also dried with a fairly matte finish, and also scratched easily. Didn't seem quite as "dry" and chalky as the Apple Barrel paint, however.
  • Folk Art Multi-Surface Acrylic: Dried glossy. In fact, at first I couldn't tell if it felt smooth and glossy, or if it was actually still tacky; I asked a friend, and she said it didn't feel tacky at all. Just in case, I've now painted an entire tile with this paint, and will report back when it's completely dry. It feels very durable, and I couldn't scratch it with my fingernail. After repeatedly trying and really digging in, I was able to finally cause a small scratch.


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#58045
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 9 Months ago  
After doing the first test and seeing the results, I decided to repeat the experiment with three more brands:
  • Apple Barrel Gloss ($0.97)
  • Americana ($1.39)
  • Delta Ceramcoat ($1.39)

Even though I had already tested one type of Apple Barrel paint, I decided to try their Gloss paint since the glossy Folk Art Multi-Surface paint turned out to be much more durable than the regular Folk Art paint.

One thing I've noticed is that the color selection seems quite wide, but they don't have precisely the right shade for each step. In this respect, the Pokorny Paints are a great way to go if (when?) they're again available. Plus, they're already tested to work really well on Dwarvenite.

In any event, I'll let this second batch of paint tests dry, and report back in a day or two. Or three.

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#58331
Re:Cheap paint test: Folk Art, Apple Barrel 8 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Thanks for posting these test.

I ordered a large set with my brother, and it was under his name since we would share but he never told me about the paint sets for sale even though we agreed I would be painting all our tiles.

Is there any possibility that more of the Pokorny paints will be sold in the future?
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