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can i use craft paint for nail art?
10-10-2011, 02:38 PM
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can i use craft paint for nail art?
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So far I've always just made dabs of polish to use for my nail art but after several seconds its so hard to work with. A friend of mine told me when she got her nails done at another shop that they used regular acrylic craft paint from a craft store. Will this work? Does it smear when you put a top coat on??

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10-10-2011, 03:25 PM
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Yes it works. It dries pretty fast so it wont smear as long as it's dry. Craft acrylic paint is best for dots and stripes type designs. For other designs an artist acrylic is better.
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10-10-2011, 05:08 PM
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Agree with jimsjadab. Acrylic craft paint works great for painting nail art onto a nail. If you want dimensional (2d or 3d) then either acrylic or structured gel works better for that.
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10-10-2011, 08:54 PM
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I do most of my hand painted nail art using acrylic paint. I like folk art and plaid brands. I have done marbling with it but if you aren't able to get a few good size dots it can dry pretty fast, it's best to do those one nail at a time. You can use it for one stroke style flowers (double color loading the brush) and YouTube has great tutorials for one stoke flowers and leaves. It's also nice for scroll work. I prefer it to nails polish, for certain designs.
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10-14-2011, 09:40 AM
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I actually tried the craft paint the other day after seeing so many people using it on NailArtGallery. I was thrilled with the ease of use vs actual nail polishs! and frankly, you can't beat the price either... Or the range of colors and ability to mix from sooo many different colors. I can't wait until I have time to sit down and do some more detailed art work with the FolkArt paint.
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10-14-2011, 11:34 AM
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Anyone used acrylic craft paint successfully under a uv gel top coat?
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10-14-2011, 11:55 AM
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That's what I do. Just make sure it's good and dry before you apply the gel coat and it seams to work just fine for me.
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10-14-2011, 01:27 PM
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> Anyone used acrylic craft paint successfully under a uv gel top coat?

Yes, always - it dries so quickly that there is never an issue of smudging - as long as you apply it thinly.

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10-14-2011, 05:30 PM
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If you need a great coverage black, it's the one you want to use. One coat, done!
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10-14-2011, 05:34 PM
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scratchmyback :
> kkgunn :
>> Anyone used acrylic craft paint successfully under a uv gel top coat?
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> Yes, always - it dries so quickly that there is never an issue of smudging
> - as long as you apply it thinly.

I find that in thicker areas that are not all the way dry the uv topcoat will collapse and crack over it in that spot. I use a mini blow dryer to make sure its dry first.
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10-15-2011, 08:08 PM
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I did some cute acrylic paint on my sister's gel nails. Buffed the shine off her gel polish, did the art, dried the paint and used a gel topcoat. Her topcoat cracked and peeled off the paint. Since it was only in the areas where the acrylic paint was I figured I didn't let it dry enough before I did the topcoat. So the next day, I buffed off the topcoat, did the paint and did another gel topcoat. Cracked and peeled over the paint again. Can you please tell me what I did wrong? It was a large area of paint. I've used acrylic paint and gel topcoats before and never had any problems.....your thoughts please.
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10-18-2011, 04:21 PM
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i would like to use craft piants, but its very runny, even when the brush isnt wet completely the paint is very light ans slippery on the nails, someone plz help? i even put down a base coat!
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10-19-2011, 08:51 AM
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> i would like to use craft piants, but its very runny, even when the brush isnt
> wet completely the paint is very light ans slippery on the nails, someone plz
> help? i even put down a base coat!


What type of craft paint are you using? I use acrylic craft paints and they are fairly stiff. Maybe it's just a matter of finding the right brand to have the right consistancy for you.
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10-19-2011, 06:35 PM
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im using folkart that u find in walmart, and the consistency isnt good, can you help me?
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10-19-2011, 08:08 PM
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I use folkart brand and plaid brand and haven't found them to be runny. are the paints seperating? or is it particularly warm in your work area? I'm sure there are thicker craft paints out there, i will do some research of my crafty friends and see what they can tell me.
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10-19-2011, 08:35 PM
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yes my paint is in a warm place, plus i praitcie on a nail tip, il apply the top coat and still cant make any designs
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