Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Folk Art Enamel Paints

Reported by Maria Del Pinto
The Folk Art Enamel Paints are created specifically for painting glass, metal, ceramic and other non-porous surfaces.  Folk Art Enamels are also non-toxic and dishwasher-safe (once cured).  Before they are dry, the paints can be cleaned up with soap and water, which makes working with them easy. This is a completely different type of paint, so do not mix or use water with these like you would with acrylics. Additionally, the manufacturer directions say to bake finished items in oven for 30 minutes at 350° or let dry for 21 days to cure completely.  After which the piece becomes dishwater safe if put in the top rack of dishwasher.
Here is a list of the Folk Art Enamel Paint colors that I had to work with:
  • 4001 Wicker White
  • 4017 Lemon Custard
  • 4132 Parisian Pink
  • 4120 Soft Apple
  • 4025 Cobalt
  • 4133 Lipstick Red
  • 4032 Licorice
So what products work well with these, well there are the Plaid Enamel brushes, the Enamel peel-and-stick stencils and the daubers.
Plaid Folk Art Enamel Brushes

The kit came with Folk Art Enamel brushes which have special soft bristles for using with the enamels so you get better results when using them to paint on non-porous surfaces with the enamel paints. They look and feel like the one-stroke brushes, but they serve a different purpose.  Look for the light green color (instead of the dark green) on the handle in the painting section of the craft supply stores.
Plaid Folk Art Enamel Peel-and-Stick Stencils

The kit came with these fun floral and the butterfly stencils.  They have a sticky back and stick to glass, ceramic, and other non-porous surfaces.  They can re-used at least 20 times.  The packaging recommends cleaning them between uses and storing them on the mat provided in the packaging.  
Plaid Paint Daubers Set
The daubers are helpful when using the peel-and-stick stencils.  The daubers can be used to apply the paint onto the non-porous surface. The package has several different sizes so you can achieve a variety of results. 
Testing the colors
The first step was to check the colors to see how they look on a opaque glass surface.  The white background really makes the colors pop.
I also wanted to see how these paints would look on black ceramic, so I painted some of the colors onto the plate surface and was pleasantly surprised to see how well they showed up.
The third sample shows how the colors look on glass.  This gave me a chance to see which ones were opaque and which were a little more translucent.
The fourth sample shows the same glass surface on a light source.
This sample really shows how opaque the black and white colors are.  The other colors are more translucent and will show brush strokes if I do not apply the paint properly.  
Overall, I think the white ceramic background shows the beautiful colors off the best, however, the paint looks good on all the surfaces I tested.
First Project
My first project is to paint a simple picture frame.  I just wanted to test how the paint, peel-and-stick stencils, and the daubers would work on a simple curved frame.  The first thing I did was wash the surface of the frame and let it dry.  Then I cleaned it again with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils that might have been on the surface.
I covered the frame with some painters tape so I could measure out the lines for the background of the frame.  Then I painted in the white lines.  I removed the tape while the paint was still wet and filled in the blank areas with the pink. 
I used the multi flower stencil from the floral collection (30459).  I placed it on the frame, making sure to press down to secure it before painting the surface of the photo frame.  Since it is made from a flexible material, it adhered great to the curve of the frame.
I used the daubers to paint in the stencils, starting with the yellow followed by
the pink.
Once I removed the stencil I realized the design was too small to work with the large strips that I had previously painted onto the frame.  Since the product it easy soap and water clean up,  I decided to wipe off the paint and start over with a different stencil.  So I used a wet paper towel and the paint came right off.
I found that there is a small learning curve with the peel-and-stick stencils.  You should practice on a different item with a similar surface until you get the results you are looking for.  Basically it is all about how you load the paint onto the dauber and how you apply it to the surface.  Truly the simplest results are by utilizing the traditional tap technique.  Just tap onto the surface, the first tap will be translucent.  However, if you want a more opaque result, then you can keep adding layers of color.  I also found that by using white (which is a more opaque color) as a base coat and then layering the other colors on top, I got the opaque results I wanted very quickly.
Repainted with larger flower stencil.
For the next project, I decided to paint a vase that had a cool design on the glass.  I started with the stem.
Then I filled in the rose.  I love the fact that this project was done so quickly with great results.
I read on the Plaid website that these enamel paints were great to use with the “One Stroke” painting techniques.  So decided to try that technique out on a glass surface.  I started by loading the brush with
Parisian Pink and Wicker White.  Then I painted it onto the glass.  It looks pretty good.
For my third project, I decided to see how that technique using the enamel paints would work on a ceramic sugar jar.
So I began with the lid which looked like it could be cool with flower painted onto it.
I used the “One Stroke Technique” to blend the two colors together to create petals.  It looked pretty good, considering it was my first try at this brush technique.  There are great painting tutorials at the Plaid website.
I then used the dauber to paint the knob yellow.  Since I did not have orange, I blended yellow with red to create an orange color to finish off the lid.
I then painted the rest of the jar with the yellow (Lemon Custard) and pink (Parisian Pink) enamels. 
The Folk Art Enamels are available in 38 colors.  The colors are rich and fun to work with and can be purchased at larger craft stores or on the Plaid website.  I have seen people paint wine glasses, cookie jars, cake stands, glass dishes, cups, etc.  The Plaid website has some fun tutorials and glass painting projects you can try out and be inspired.  I really enjoyed working with the enamels paints will continue to see what I can create with them to add to my home decor and craft project ideas.
  • Shake bottles well before using.
  • If you are painting a glass, remember not to paint on the rim or any area that the mouth or food could come in contact with.
  • Prepare project for painting by washing with soap and water.  Once the surface has dried, then clean area a second time with rubbing alcohol.  Allow the surface to dry completely before painting it with the enamels.
  • If you don’t like what you made, it is easy soap and water clean up to remove the paint (as long as it is uncured) so you can start over.
  • Folk Art Enamels are highly pigmented so you get great color results.
  • Folk Art Enamels can be mixed together and blended to create different color shades.
  • The white and black are highly opaque which allows you to use them on top of  or beneath the other colors for special detail work.
  • Folk Art Enamels are non-toxic and easy to clean up.
  • Folk Art Enamels take up to 24 hours to dry and 21 days to cure.  So plan accordingly or follow the manufacturers suggestions of alternate methods to cure your piece.
  • Items painted with the Folk Art Enamels are not microwaveable.
  • It is hard to find some of the colors in the local crafts stores.

Our friends at Plaid have provided us with $50 prize packs for 2 of our lucky readers. Just leave a comment answering the following question to be entered to win!

Have you ever used the Folk Art Enamels before?  What types of objects do you enjoy painting?

One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be selected on Saturday, June 4, 2011.


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    Maria Del Pinto

    Maria Del Pinto

    I have been crafting since I was a child and I love seeing what others create. I live near the beach so everything around me inspires me. I also enjoy activities where I re-purpose something old & discarded & make it into something cool. My favorite mantra is "Re-use, recycle, and re-make".

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    54 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Folk Art Enamel Paints

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      Jenny Lilac May 31, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      I have never used these and didn’t even know what they were til I read this post. I paint all kinds of altered projects.

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      Kelly Sas May 31, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      I can so admire and appreciate painting because I can’t do it, but with these stencils AND Tulip paint I think even I could do this – AND I want to! I love the painted ceramic jar.

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        deviantpersona June 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

        Anyone can paint, it just takes lots of dedication and practice. The great matters didn’t wake up one day and produced the Mona Lisa, Sistine Chapel, etc. Just paint, and do your best, over time, you’ll find your style and you’ll love it.

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      LaceTopDesigns May 31, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      They look fab and fun to use! I’ve never heard of them before.
      I’d love to paint some mini glasses and add a battery powered tea light and use as table decorations outside on a lovely summers evening, or on the christmas table.

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      Sherri May 31, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      I have never used these paints but I think it would be totally fun to paint flowers on one of the windows in my sunroom!!!

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      Lillian Child May 31, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      Yes, I do use Folk Art paints in my art projects AND in my cardmaking as well. Love to throw a splash of color onto my cards and then stamping an image on top of that splash.

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      Gale May 31, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      I have never used Folk Art paints, but I would love to try them. I have purchased about 30 coffee mugs for a project for work and those paints would work beautifully! Thanks for the chance at winning!

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      Scrapycandy May 31, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      This is so fun! I have always wondered what I could use on wine glasses etc. Thank you so much!

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      Cari D. Cruse May 31, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      Oooh, I have a box of ceramic tiles in my craft stash just *waiting* to be painted – and these are just what I need to do the job! 😀

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      Craftinomicon May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      I have used these to paint some drinking glasses as gifts. I did a set for a friend with different woodland creatures (fox, raccoon, etc) and I have one with a squid and octopus. They really look great!

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      Carole RB May 31, 2011 at 10:59 am #

      Nope I have never used the Folk Art Enamels before.

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      paperpapier May 31, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      I have never use the Folk Art enamel paint before. However, I have tried their glitter paint and I love the result.

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      sunnee63 May 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      I think I have inadvertantly used enamels but think I need to try a project purposely using them! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience!

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      jjocarlson May 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      I have never used folk art paint! I would paint wine glasses and beer glasses and gosh who knows what else maybe vases and coffee cups would be fun.

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      De May 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

      This is the first I have seen these paints. Would love to try them out!! I like to paint wine glasses and bottles.

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      {VICKI} May 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      No, I’ve never used them.
      I have painted some home decor items and Christmas ornaments

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      rush May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

      i have never used this product before. i haven’t painted anything for a long time, but this might be a start!

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      Shelley May 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      I’ve never used the enamels before. It would be fun to use them for Christmas ornaments and glass plates.

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      Mrs Ham May 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      I haven’t tried this product. I would use it on acetate.

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      Pat May 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      I have never used the enamel paints, but I always find the PLAID products to be of excellent quality.
      I would love to try painting some trim on picture frames.

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      Lisa May 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      I like to paint on clear vases and use them for candle holders.

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      Jola May 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      I’ve used the Plaid FolkArt Enamels to paint on tiles, glass and candles. It’s easy to use and looks great.

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      Rachel May 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      Yes I have used the Folk Art Enamel Paints for years and LOVE them! I mostly paint on clear glass. I have tried other brands but have always gone back to the FA Enamels!

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      swajud May 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

      I’ve used other folk art paints and would love to try these on some vases and jars I want to liven up.

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      Dollie May 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      I have never used these before.But would love to experiment with them. I love to attempt all kinds of various projects 🙂

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      Gail May 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

      I have never tried these!
      I used to paint cement patio stones!
      Or rocks!
      I’d like to paint on a mirror I have in my house!

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      Caroline May 31, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

      I’ve never used this enamel paint, but it looks fun to use. I like decorating serving trays, picture frames, and metal items. Thanks for a good review.

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      Lauren May 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      I have never used these but think they would be great for glass blocks or wine bottle art! Thanks for the entry!!

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      Linda64 May 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      would love to try them out on my steampumk project and of course on alterin glas. thank you for the chance.

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      tallulah May 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      I love using paint on glass – these look like they would had a fun element.

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      Shaaron May 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      I love these paints. Used them outside on our pump house. Have never used the stencils and would love to. I have collected many different types of bottles and would love to use this product to decorate them.

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      Lori G. May 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

      This is the first I’ve heard of them. I make glass beads and would love to try them on those!

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      Katie K May 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

      These paints look really fun. I like that they are non-toxic and are dishwasher safe once baked in the oven and cured. I would love to combine these paints with glass etching.

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      Moi May 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

      I’ve never used these but am so excited to try! I love painting on tile and ceramics so I’d use them for such proects

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      Anonymous May 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      I love Folk Art Enamels!! I have used them with the one stroke technique and they are amazing on wine glasses, juice glasses. I have baked them to set the colors. I would love to try the stencils.
      Cindy Litt

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      Sue D May 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

      I have never used them. I haven’t done a lot of painting but would use them to decorate vases and mugs.

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      Karen Smith June 1, 2011 at 12:33 am #

      I have never used the Enamels before. I’ve not painted on glass “type” surfaces but would love to give it a go!

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      isabel scrap June 1, 2011 at 4:17 am #

      This is just fantastic, love to paint some ceramic jars.

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      Vitoria B June 1, 2011 at 4:18 am #

      They look fabulous, really. I have never used but I’d love to paint my glasses and my cups.

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      Paulo Marque June 1, 2011 at 8:07 am #

      I have an old frame that I want to paint, love this stuff! Thanks for the giveaway.

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      mommy2luke2008 June 1, 2011 at 8:29 am #

      No I’ve never used Folk Art Enamels before but would love to try them!!! These would look beautiful on an old window with some pictures to make a beautiful photo display!!!
      maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

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      Barbara Burgess June 1, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      I have been using plaid paints for many years. I have most every color ever made. I did not know that they made the enamel paints until I read this article. That is why I love Craft Critique! I learn about new products. I think I would really enjoy working with the enamel paints. I would love to decorate glass and ceramic items. I wonder if they can be used on wood and paper mache. I would love to try these products! Thanks for the chance.

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      huntla1 June 1, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      Love, love, love the sugar bowl! I agree with you that the paint seems to look best on the white ceramic, but your rose vase really pops even though it is clear glass.

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      AShu93 June 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      I have not used the Folk Art Enamels. I think they would be great for dressing up storage jars & boxes

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      Huxtabio June 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      I have never used their products before but have been dying to try glass painting! I would make a tile trivet or a cake stand as my first product.

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      rudie2shoes June 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      I’ve never tried this before. I would paint a frame!

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      mlsjewel June 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

      Never used them before, but would love to see what it looks like on brass jewelry findings. always looking for new items to try. thanks

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      smahrty June 2, 2011 at 9:16 am #

      I havent used these before, but would like to! I think i would start with vases and work my way up to mirrors, picture frames, etc.

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      BunnyFreak June 2, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      I had never heard of this enamel paints. I love the idea of painting picture frames and such.

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      rilojane June 2, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      I didn’t know that these kinds of paints came in enamels. Whenever at the craft store I see the rows and rows of paints and get pulled in, but never know what to make with them. But ENAMEL!?!? Oh, the possibilities! I love the glass plates idea- and the plain ceramics? Yeah. I’d do a lot of that. I want to paint brown spots on one of those ceramic creamer cows.
      Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Alexandra M June 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

      Love to use these paints to create some cards.

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      Kelly June 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

      I have never used plaid enamels but would love to give them a try. When I do paint it is usually refinishing projects

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      Beatrice B June 4, 2011 at 3:46 am #

      Love to read your review, this paint look amazing.
      Thanks for the chance.

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      Michelle June 4, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      No, I haven’t used the Enamels. But, I have been looking for paint to use on glass. thanks!!! 🙂