Delta Ceramcoat paints are creamy acrylic paints that are popular for many types of craft projects. They can be used on wood, paper mache, heavy paper, plaster, terracotta and canvas surfaces. Delta Ceramcoat paints are inexpensive and can be purchased at almost any craft or art supply store in the United States.
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Preparing the Surface
Both porous and non-porous surfaces need to be coated with gesso or primer before applying Delta Ceramcoat paint. Porous surfaces will absorb the paint if gesso is not applied, and non-porous surfaces may not allow the paint to adhere to the surface correctly. Most surfaces can be readied for painting with two to three coats of gesso before painting, although some surfaces, such as metal and acrylic, require special primers in order for the paint to adhere. Delta and most other paint and primer manufacturers make special primers for these surfaces.
Painting with a Brush
The key to applying Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint is to use a good quality brush and to load the brush properly. Purchase a few paintbrushes from an art supply or craft supply store. You will probably want to start with at least a filbert, flat and round brushes. To load your brushes, squeeze a small amount of paint onto an acrylic palette or paper plate. Lay your brush at the edge of the paint and flip it back and forth in the paint until the paint covers a little more than halfway up the bristles. Use the filbert brush for drawing or shading, the flat brush for filling in large areas and drawing crisp lines and the round brush for detail work.
Delta Ceramcoat paints are popular for stencilling because of their thick consistency and their ease of use. Tape your stencil to the surface before applying paint. Pour a small amount of Delta Ceramcoat paint onto a palette and dip a sponge into the paint. Gently tap the paint over the open area of the stencil several times until all of the area inside the stencil has been filled in. Allow the paint to dry for several minutes before attempting to remove the stencil.
Delta makes several types of mediums for use with the Ceramcoat paint, and most other brands of acrylic mediums can also be used. Delta manufactures mediums for several special effects painting techniques, specifically designed for use with Ceramcoat colours. These include crackle paints, faux finish glazes, a water additive called Color Float and several gel stain mediums. Mediums are also available that make acrylic paints thicker and thinner and that increase brush strokes in the paint and decrease their visibility.
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