Anyone who knows me, knows the plight that is me attempting to get ahold of luminescent paint over the last couple months. I have a job coming up that I am unbelievably excited for that I need to use luminescent paint for, and I have had THE most difficult time getting my paws on some. I called about 50 paint stores in Vancouver and no one seemed to carry it unless it gets ordered in, in which case it is more cost efficient for me to order it directly. After recently suffering at the hands of brokerage fees from a different purchase, I decided to have it ordered to a PMB in Blaine, a quick drive across the border.
So now, months later, I finally have the paint and this weekend I unpacked it to give it a go. It took me a bit to wrap my head around painting with these – usually I use a fair bit of medium and/or water to get a water colour consistency to the paints, and I didn’t realize how much I painted like that until I had to remember to not use any water! The use of water really impacts how much this paint glows, so keep it pure.
I felt like I may have been driving my friend a little nuts today as I continually turned my lights on and off, and used my handy black light contraption from Canadian Tire as an aid to see how it was turning out. One thing I did not expect: With the lights off, the painting looked awesome. Turn the lights on, and it was a different story. I think at one point I laughed and said it looked like an 8 year old painted it. If you’re ever going to use these paints, be prepared to do two paintings – one with the lights off, and then with the lights on you need to adjust a lot of the colouring. The job I’ll be starting this week is a black light photobooth at a busy night club in Vancouver (more to come about that later) and although the hope is that people will make use of the black lights to take their selfies, it’s likely someone will put their flash on at some point, and I’d like both versions to be equal in quality. A little more work and I got it right.
Overall, these paints are awesome. They are really bright, a nice consistency (I was afraid they were going to be watery like the cheap tempera paints we used in elementary school) and best of all, it’s super satisfying to paint glowing lines onto dark canvas under the glow of a black light. My favourite paint out of the ones I purchased is by far the white. Apparently it’s the only one in the industry that glows a true white, and it really helped with blending different shades.
I’m really looking forward to beginning the project this week, and will post more as it progresses.
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