Reported by Mary Chong
The first time I used Heidi Swapp Acrylic Paint was when I took a chipboard album class at my LSS Scrapalcious. We used the Jet Black version. Now, I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to painting on chipboard – especially in a 2-hour class situation. First, it’s messy and I likely just came from work and I’m not dressed in my civvies. Secondly, paint takes time to dry and you want to make sure that you get a nice even coat before you move onto the next stage. Now don’t get me wrong, I love paint, I just like to paint on my own terms in optimum conditions where I can put multiple coats on until it’s perfect and then leave it out to dry over night.
But I digress..
So, there I was at the class, painting away and here’s what I discovered…
The paint was nice and creamy, we squirted it out onto a paper plate but really, you could squeeze it right out of the tube and onto your brush.
The Jet Black is super black – not a wishy washy could be black but isn’t quite black – know what I mean? With the thickness of the paint came great coverage – it was opaque with no streaks or show through.
I was really impressed with the drying speed. PLUS when it dried it had a nice finish with a slight sheen to it.
Ultimately, I had no reason to worry about the painting because in 2 hours flat we created a fab 8-page album that fits in a box.
Here’s a close up of the paint on the project we made (the shiny finish looks great with the crispness of the black and white American Crafts paper)
Next project I made with the paint was this girlie girl mini book (paper is Basic Grey Two Scoops).
Now I wanted to show you what the paint looks like in a large area. So, I decided to paint a chipboard heart for a card. And, this is where I discovered something. On the other 2 projects I used a foam brush to apply the paint and in this instance I used an artist’s hair brush. Can you see the brush strokes?? Disappointing but true – so, be warned. (Now a friend did say it kinda looked like leather – which I promptly said “Yes that’s the look I was going for” but to be truthful I really wasn’t)
Now, I haven’t told you how many colours the paint comes in and the reason is that I can’t find that information!
When visiting the Heidi Swapp website, the downloaded catalog for paint states that it comes in 9 colors. But looking through various online stores, I’ve counted 11 different colors mentioned. Plus, no ONE store seems to have the all the colors in stock.
- Cotton candy
- Tube stands up straight on a table
- Clear container so that you can see how much you have left in the tube
- Nice sheen
- Coordinates with the other Heidi Swapp items (if you like to be all matchie-poo like I do)
- Creamy texture not watery
- Great coverage
- Black is really black
- Cleans up with water
- Dries fast
- Limited colour selection
- For adding some paint onto a layout, this paint is the perfect consistency but I found I needed to add a little bit of water when I was painting my chipboard – the paint was too thick.
- Due to the slight sheen to the paint when dry – it may not “suit” all tastes and moods of projects
- Watch out for brush strokes
- Limited stock in stores
All in all, I really like this product. I wish that it came in more colours and that I could get my hand on all of them.
Have you had similar experiences with this paint? Different experiences? We’d love to hear about them…leave us a comment and let us know.