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A look at the Krylon 2016 Product Line

Reported by Maria del Pinto

This year Krylon is introducing some fabulous new products for both indoor and outdoor home decor projects. They will still offer their traditional spray paints that we all know and love, but this year Krylon has added some fun new paints that allow crafters like me to be a bit more creative both indoors and out. The Krylon booth at a trade show I attended displayed some fun home decor project ideas.

The booth was created to look like a home with DIY home decor projects displayed booth inside the home and outside the home. When you first entered their booth, you were greeted by this creative display of DIY outdoor home decor projects that were done using various Krylon products.

The Krylon House

One of my favorite products is their textured spray paint line. The planters below are painted with the Krylon “Stone Coarse Texture” Spray Paint. I love how they make the planters “pop”.

Krylon Planters

The texture is hard to see in this picture, but it looks amazing in person. It feels like sand but with a slightly rougher texture.

Close up of the Planter decorated with Krylon Stone Coarse Texture Spray Paint

I found the best way to use the textured spray paint is to apply even coats and allow the piece to dry for around six to eight hours between coats. I found two to three coats gave me the best results. You may find that waiting for the paint to completely dry between coats (instead of just a few hours) will give you a much nicer result.

I used the textured paint to spray paint a plastic garden statue to make it look like metal. It worked really well for me.

Water cans painted with Krylon's Chalky Finish Spray Paint

Krylon is right on top of home decor trends in both their products and their color offerings. I have seen so many fun home decor projects on Pinterest featuring various chalky paints. I loved the DIY outdoor home decor watering can project displayed at the base of the garden that also does double duty displaying the house (booth number) address. It is a really fun outdoor home decor project that uses the Krylon “Chalky Finish” spray paint.

Being able to paint metal and get a similar “Chalky Paint” result is a real bonus and time saver for me. I am going to borrow the watering can idea and paint some of the planters that line the front of my house. I think I will also place some light-reflecting address numbers (which are easier to see at night) on them to make it easier for family and friends to find my house when they visit.

Outdoor Wicker Chair DIY Project by Krylon using the Colormaster Spray Paints.

If you have some outdoor furniture you want to give a face lift, then the Krylon “Colormaster Paint + Primer”series of spray paints is a great tool.

A close up of the finish on the Wicker chair painted with the Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint.

It adheres really well to a variety of materials and gives a nice opaque coverage. The wicker chair in the photo above was originally blue and was painted using the Krylon Colormaster paint. The Krylon Colormaster line is available in a wide selection of colors and is fairly easy to find in stores.

Wicker Baskets Painted with Krylon Spray Paint.

The Krylon Colormaster “Paint & Primer” line is perfect for use in indoor DIY home decor projects too. It adheres to a variety of materials, making it easy to use for accent colors in home decor projects. I have used this paint to cover a variety of objects in my home. I love how well the paint covers, and how it looks when used.

I have found that this paint can be layered to achieve a very opaque look. It depends on the base color. I have covered beige with only one coat but found dark blue to require a second coat to give full coverage.

The sprayer tip on this can is great. I found I did not have a sore finger after painting my project like I did with other spray paint products. Another thing that keeps me buying more cans of this paint is that I found I don’t have the worries of runs or drips with this paint.

This is wonderful paint to work with, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for use. Each paint has directions on the can, and you can also find more information on the Krylon website.

Comparison | Painting Mason Jars

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Painting-Mason-Jars

Mason jars are very trendy lately, and painting them has been catching on as well. But they aren’t the easiest surface to work with…how do you know what to use? I decided to buy a box of pint mason jars, experiment with various paint mediums, and share the results with Craft Critique’s readers to find out!

After experimenting over the course of doing this project, I learned a few tips that help to improve the results when painting mason jars.

The first thing I learned was that priming the jars can help with both the application and the final appearance of the paint if you are using an opaque paint (obviously for a transparent color, the priming would show). I used Krylon ColorMaster Primer in White to prime most of the jars that I painted below, placing them upside down on a scrap piece of 1×2 and standing outside to spray them. Then I propped the 1×2 against the side of my desk while the jar dried. One coat of primer was sufficient to provide a base for painting over.

After priming, then you are faced with how to apply the finish coat of paint. A lot of paints have instructions that say to apply with a brush. After trying several different methods, my preferred method became to use a large sized spouncer, applying the paint by smoothing thin coats from top to bottom while holding the jar upside down on my other hand and rotating it around as I worked. At the very end I would paint around the threaded part of it, leaving that part clean until then to avoid messing up my hands.

But what paint should you use? It depends on what effect or look you want to get on your mason jar.

Folkart Acrylic

Mason Jar Folkart Acrylic
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The jar above used Plaid’s Folkart Acrylic Paint in Bright Baby Pink. It is a nice thick acrylic paint compared to many on the market, providing amazing coverage and control. In some lights, the coverage appears fine, while it appears spotty in others. The overall effect is very rustic, with visible graining from the spouncer.

Opaque/Transparent: Opaque
Application: primer, two coats with large spouncer
Surface: exterior
Finish: matte
Waterproof: no
Uses: Vase, Storage

Krylon Premium 18kt Gold Plate

Mason Jar Krylon Metallic
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The finish I got with the Krylon 18kt Gold Plate Spray Paint is downright gorgeous. I used the same spray technique – with a 1×2 as a prop – that I used for the items that I coated with spray primer (that wood is very colorful now). The resulting finish is virtually flawless, showing only imperfections in the actual glass underneath. This finish would make a beautiful addition to a party table or home decor but there is one major drawback – the cost. With a retail price of around $6, this paint isn’t cheap, and it feels like I’ve depleted over half of the can finishing just this one jar.

Opaque/Transparent: Opaque
Application: sprayed three coats
Surface: exterior
Finish: metallic
Waterproof: no
Uses: Vase, Storage

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Acrylic

Mason Jar Americana Decor Chalky Finish
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The Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints seem to primarily be marketed to use on cottage-style furniture in the burgeoning DIY market, but they can also be used on surfaces like metal and glass. This paint is water-based and has a wonderful soft feel when you run your fingers over the dried finish. It distressed easily with a piece of sandpaper to complete the antique, shabby look for the jar (and showing off the logo in the process). It’s also a fairly cost-effective option. A small-looking 8oz jar retails for $6-8, depending on the outlet, but this thick paint spreads and goes a long way so a single jar will get you loads of coverage. I barely made a dent in mine doing this jar and two failed previous versions.
Opaque/Transparent: Opaque
Application: sprayed primer, painted three coats with spouncer
Surface: exterior
Finish: chalky (matte)
Waterproof: no
Uses: Vase, Storage

Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor Paint

Mason Jar Martha Stewart Vintage
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This new Vintage Decor paint by Martha Stewart, which just launched in-store at Michaels Stores and on HSN, has a chalky finish. It’s not as soft of a finish to the touch as the Americana chalky paint, but the coverage is excellent with very minimal visible brushstrokes. It distressed very nicely to reveal the logo. The 8oz bottle isn’t cheap at $9.99, but this paint spreads for huge coverage. You’ll get many jars out of a single bottle.

Opaque/Transparent: Opaque
Application: sprayed primer, painted three coats with medium spouncer
Surface: exterior
Finish: chalky (matte)
Waterproof: no
Uses: Vase, Storage

DecoArt Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel

Mason Jar Americana Crystal
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This Americana Crystal Gloss Enamel is the first of three paints that I tried that are designed to be transparent, but all three achieve different looks. The Crystal Gloss shows a lot of brush strokes. If you don’t want to make them a feature of the design (such as in the product samples on the website) the only way to minimize them I found is to apply very light coats of color. This minimized the brush strokes to where they weren’t visible unless you picked up the item to examine it closely. After three coats, I got a pale tint, almost a pink version of the traditional blue or green Ball jars. A 2 ounce bottle retails for about $3 and despite its small size goes surprisingly far. Several jars like this could be tinted from one bottle.

Opaque/Transparent: Transparent
Application: painted three coats with large spouncer
Surface: exterior
Finish: gloss
Waterproof: yes, if baked
Uses: Vase, Storage, candle light

Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint – Liquid Fill Transparent

Mason Jar Martha Stewart Glass
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This Liquid Fill glass paint offering from Martha Stewart can be used several different ways, but I chose to apply it using the drip technique. I applied the paint around the rim of the jar and then waited for it to drip to the bottom. I found this method used a lot of paint when I did it (I don’t think I could get a second jar out of the bottle). It also took some practice to get the paint applied without visible drips. Where it worked perfectly, the finish is beautiful and vibrant. Since this paint can be baked, the finish is also dishwasher safe and can be use for applications like candle holders. At around $3 for a 2 ounce bottle that doesn’t go far, this isn’t the cheapest way to paint a mason jar, but it is a great option for  dishwasher safe finish if you can master the drip method.

Opaque/Transparent: Transparent
Application: one coat with drip technique
Surface: exterior
Finish: gloss
Waterproof: yes, if baked
Uses: Vase, Storage, candle light

Mod Podge Sheer

Mason Jar Mod Podge Sheer
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The biggest surprise about the new Mod Podge Sheer colors paint is the smell, which I found quite overwhelming at times. This paint is not waterproof, and the recommended application is via a drip technique inside the item being painted, making jars painted with it not ideal for uses like vases or even storage (as items might chip the paint). Using a secondary container such as a water bottle to hold water inside of the jar, would allow the painted item to hold water, but requires an extra step and the bottle would be somewhat visible. All of that said, however, this paint gives amazing vibrant color, and this is not the best application for this paint. A better use for Mod Podge Sheer than mason jars would be for tinting glass holiday ornaments or decorations. Although not heat proof, this paint could be used on a container to hold a battery-powered tea light. At $5 for a 4 ounce bottle, it’s a relatively affordable option although you have to be careful doing the drip method or you will use a lot of paint.

Opaque/Transparent: Transparent
Application: one coat with drip technique
Surface: interior
Finish: gloss
Waterproof: no
Uses: Storage

Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Paint

Mason Jar Martha Stewart Chalkboard
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This chalkboard paint by Martha Stewart Crafts has a lovely semi-gloss finish that showed few brush strokes, and it was an absolute delight to work with. It went on so smoothly and finished perfectly – I’m tempted to reach for this anytime I want a nice semi-gloss finish. It just went on like butter. However, when it came to this specific application on glass, the surface’s durability was an issue. On the glass surface, the paint would not stand up to being conditioned with chalk to turn it into a true chalkboard finish. It distressed and chipped during my attempts to chalk it. So, if you want a beautiful finish, reach for this paint – but don’t expect to be able to chalk it on a glass application. I would definitely try this on a surface that has more tooth to hold the paint, like wood, though. If all you care about is how it looks, though,the price of $6 for 6 ounces – which goes a long way – makes this a pretty economical choice in cost per coverage.

Opaque/Transparent: Opaque
Application: spray primer, applied four coats paint with large spouncer
Surface: exterior
Finish: semi-gloss
Waterproof: no
Uses: Vase, Storage

Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint

Mason Jar Krylon Chalkboard
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The strength of spray paint for this project is shown again with the Krylon Chalkboard Paint. This finish came out virtually perfect and very even after just two coats. However, like with the Martha Stewart Chalkboard Acrylic, I had difficulty chalking this paint to prep it for use as true “chalkboard” without damaging the paint, despite this paint’s long track record on other surfaces. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this paint again but just know that on glass the finish is more decorative than useful. This paint retails for about $7.50 for a 12 ounce can that still feels completely full after doing this first jar.

Opaque/Transparent: Opaque
Application: two spray coats
Surface: exterior
Finish: semi-gloss
Waterproof: no
Uses: Vase, Storage

So, what options have you tried for painting mason jars? I’d love to hear about your results! Post them in the comments!

First Look: Niji Splash Ink by Karen Thomas

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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If you are not already familiar with this product, then you are going to love the Niji Splash Ink line of paints developed by artist Karen Elaine Thomas for Yasutomo.

Karen Elaine Thomas
Karen Thomas of Splash Inks

Karen has developed a system for mixing vibrant colors that are versatile and permanent. I love painting products that can be used in a variety of ways and this product is so versatile that it actually is a great basic investment for my many crafting needs.

Niji Splash Ink by Karen Thomas
Niji Splash Ink by Karen Thomas

Niji Splash Ink is a color mixing system that allows the user to not only mix the product’s basic colors to create hundreds of different colors, but also to do some creative shading as well. The inks come in 1-ounce bottles of concentrated acrylic base ink.

Mixing Niji Splash Ink colors
Mixing Niji Splash Ink colors

The inks can be purchased individually or in sets. The basic set comes with four colors, which are blue, yellow, magenta and black. From those four colors you create an amazing amount of colors.

Mixing colors and painting with Niji Splash Ink
Mixing colors and painting with Niji Splash Ink

The kits also come with a recipe card for mixing over 500 different colors.

Cards made with Niji Splash Ink
Cards made with Niji Splash Ink

You can use these inks for watercolor painting, illustration work, art journaling, card making and for use on any porous surfaces. They are so easy to use and the results are great. The high pigment color in these paints makes them perfect for use in jewelry making.

Shrink Plastic Jewelry made with Niji Splash Ink
Shrink Plastic Jewelry made with Niji Splash Ink

Niji Splash Inks are perfect for painting shrink plastic. You can see how great the jewelry in the above photo looks. The colors are very vibrant and you can see how easy they are for shading and adding depth to designs. The ability to mix colors gives the user the ability to match to a particular fabric or compliment the colors in beads, while creating unique jewelry pieces. Once the paint is dry, it is permanent when used on a porous surface.