Reported by Erika Martin
I’ve loved to paint since I was a little girl. When I got older and discovered acrylic paints, a whole new world opened up for me. I especially like painting on wood and terracotta so that I can put my creations outside, but having the right paints and sealer was always a problem for me. When the opportunity came up for me to try out the new line of FolkArt Outdoor Paints and Outdoor ModPodge sealer by Plaid, I was all over it.
Plaid sent a very generous package to play with. They sent their FolkArt Outdoor Paints, the Outdoor ModPodge sealer, some patterned paper, a variety of brushes, the and ModPodge Professional tool set as well as a wooden bird house to paint.
What I noticed first off about the paint was that each of the bottles had a small birdhouse sticker on it in the color of the paint. I keep my paints in a basket with the tops facing up, so having these little stickers on the top will not only help me to see what colors I have, but it will also help me to know where my outdoor acrylics are.
When I squirted some of the paint onto my palette, I liked how thick the paint came out. Many of the acrylic paints I’ve used in the past didn’t have the thickness that the FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic Paint does. I mixed a couple of the paints together to create a lighter shade of the blue paint that Plaid sent me. It mixed really well and I liked the feel on the brush.
The Plaid website says this about their FolkArt line of Outdoor Acrylic paints:
“Rich and creamy premium quality acrylic paint formulated for use outdoors. UV and weather resistant, FolkArt Outdoor is self-sealing and dries to a satin sheen. Paint on a variety of surfaces, including: unpainted or painted metal, tin, terra cotta, wood, stone and concrete. Use for traditional stroke work, stenciling or sponging, colors blend like regular FolkArt acrylic paints. Includes 2 – 2 ounce bottles of Wicker White and Engine Red, 6 – .44 ounce pots of primary colors and 24 – .16 ounce pots of outdoor trend colors. Cures in 48 hours.”
I did need two coats of the paint to cover the birdhouse, but this is typical for most acrylic paints, actually, other brands of paint have required three coats on wood, so this was definitely a plus for me. The paint glided smoothly over the base of the birdhouse even though I didn’t sand it before I started. There really is a great feeling to having brand new brushes and these brushes didn’t disappoint.
The packaging on the brushes is fantastic. Very informative. On the back of each package is a picture of each brush, as well as a description of the type of brush and its uses. I have painted for years, but to be honest, I usually pick brushes that look like they’ll work for what I want to do. It’s nice to have the actual uses and recommendations listed on the back of the packaging. I found uses for some of these brushes that I didn’t realize were there just by reading the back.
The paint, even though it was rather thick, dried fairly quickly. I painted The edges of the roof and the undersides. I also did some green paint around the bottom and then added some grass detail which needed a few coats and complete drying in between coats to cover the blue paint underneath.
A 1.25 inch “Spouncer” was included in the Mod Podge Tool set of brushes and this is something I’ve seen in the craft stores but had never purchased before. This brush is billed as great for stenciling, basic sponge painting and napkin applique on glass. I used it to create the clouds on my bird house, and now I’m in love with it. I have always liked to add clouds to scenes that I’ve painted but it’s been tricky to get the wispy and whimsical look that I like. With the Spouncer, I got just what I wanted.
I added a sun where the hole in the bird house was located.
I used some of the patterned paper that Plaid sent me to cut out the flowers to use as embellishments on my bird house. I used the Outdoor ModPodge (which I never knew existed until Plaid sent it, even though I’ve used ModPodge for years) as a glue to tack down my flowers. One of the many things that I love about ModPodge is that most of their products can not only be used as a sealer but also as a glue. It’s a great all-in-one product. I used the glue brush included in the Tool set of brushes to apply the ModPodge and found that it covered the area very well. It also washed out easily from the brush when I put it under the faucet.
Another product that was new to me was the Squeegee contained in the ModPodge Professional Tool Set. For years, I’ve used an old credit card, and while I had some success with those, they didn’t even compare to the flawless way the Squeegee flattened out the paper and took out any air bubbles contained under the paper.
I do a lot of collage work and mixed media with ModPodge and paper and I know that this Squeegee is gong to be a much used tool for many of my projects.
The Plaid website also states:
“The Squeegee is used to press paper, fabric and other items into hard-to-reach corners.”
I decided to cover the roof of the bird house with patterned paperm so I used the glue brush to coat the roof. In the past, I’ve tried to put a thinner coat of ModPodge on my projects because of the air bubbles and buckling, but the packaging promised: “The Brayer is used to smooth paper, fabric and other items onto a surface, providing the right amount of pressure to eliminate air bubbles and with no mess.” So, I gave it a try.
The brayer is not like the regular rubber brayer that stampers and crafters use. The brayer has more of a hard plastic feel rather than a rubber feel. I was a bit skeptical, but DANG! It sure did its job. No muss, no fuss, even with the thicker coat of ModPodge that I put on the roof cover. It distributed the ModPodge underneath evenly. It pressed out the air bubbles, and I got a smooth and flat surface with no bubbling. I’ve used my rubber brayer on previous projects and they just didn’t get the same results that this one did. I’ll definitely be pulling this tool out to use on all my ModPodge projects with paper, including the canvases I like to work on.
I did some more decorative touches on my bird house with the Outdoor Acrylic paint to finish it off and then it was time to seal my entire creation. I used the Plaid Sponge brush to apply my Outdoor ModPodge. I also used the #8 Flat Brush from the ModPodge Brush Tool Set to get into the tight corners under the roof.
The ModPodge dried quickly and I applied another coat on top. I allowed the second coat to dry completely before I added a third and final coat. I made sure to follow the directions on the bottle to allow a full 15 minutes for each coat to dry before applying the next one.
It’s also important to allow the ModPodge to fully cure, dry and seal your project for 72 hours before putting it out in the elements. I’ve had my bird house outside through a couple rainstorms now and it’s shown no problems at all with the paper holding tight or the sealer deteriorating.
In the next couple of months, I’m going to take the advice of the directions for use on the bottle and reapply a couple more coats of the ModPodge to preserve my project. The bottle advises: “Reapplication every several months will help preserve your project.”
The one thing that I would change about how my bird house turned out is that I probably would have used a different brush to apply the ModPodge as my sealer. I found that because the ModPodge is so thick that it showed the texture of the sponge brush that I used to apply it. Depending on how you want your sealer to look when it dries, I’d suggest using a couple different brushes to figure out what you want your finish to look like.
Plaid’s website states about the Outdoor ModPodge:
“This waterbase sealer, glue and finish lets you decoupage for the outdoors! Seals and protects wood, terra cotta, slate, tin and more. Dries fast & clear.”
Next on my list of projects to try the Outdoor ModPodge and FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic Paints will be an old head board that I found on the side of the road that I plan to use as a greeting sign to put at the end of our deck, as well as some terracotta pots that I have on my deck to use with herbs. If they work as well as they did on my bird house, then I know I’ll have no issues at all.
- Paints have identifying stickers on top to mark them as outdoor paint and also to indicate color.
- Paints are thick and truly opaque.
- The paints blend just like regular acrylic paints do.
- Paint is UV and weather resistant.
- The paint is self-sealing – HUGE PLUS!
- Paint can be used on a variety of surfaces such as unpainted or painted metal, tin, terracotta, wood, stone and concrete.
- Outdoor ModPodge can be used as a glue, sealer and finish.
- Outdoor ModPodge seals and protects wood, terracotta, slate, tin and more.
- Brush packaging shows photos of brushes, gives descriptions and suggested uses.
- ModPodge tools (brayer and squeegee) deliver exactly what the packaging advertises.
- The available color line of FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic paints isn’t very large, though you can blend colors if needed.
- Not entirely a con but the Outdoor ModPodge is much thicker than other types of ModPodge so it can show brush strokes very visibly so trying out a few different types of brushes to get the texture you prefer for your project.
It was very hard to even come up with cons for these products. I have found that Plaid has never disappointed me with their product lines. I had never used the Outdoor Paint, Outdoor ModPodge, or brayer and squegee before, but just like other products that I’ve used in the past, they far surpassed my expectations and blew my skepticism away.
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