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From: gypsyzam4/14/14 12:58 PM 
To: All  (1 of 8) 

Hey everyone :-)

I have been toying with the idea of doing some painting on polymer clay. I'd like to paint some simple landscapes (and maybe some abstract stuff, flowers etc) on pendants.

What type of paint/inks would you recommend for this? Acrylic paints, alcohol inks, something else?

And what would be the best type of sealer to use so as not to "lose" the colors?

Thank you so much! I look forward to any tips/suggestions that you can give me :-)




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From: SherryBinNH4/14/14 2:30 PM 
To: gypsyzam  (2 of 8) 
 70887.2 in reply to 70887.1 

Well, there are various techniques. You can check for previous information.

You can paint in oil on uncured clay, acrylic or oil on cured clay, heat set paint on cured or uncured clay...


I'm not sure the benefits of painting on polymer clay as opposed to pre-formed plastic, wood, or metal blanks, but maybe there are some...


Have fun!


Sherry Bailey




From: gypsyzam4/14/14 2:55 PM 
To: SherryBinNH  (3 of 8) 
 70887.3 in reply to 70887.2 

Thanks for your input Sherry :-)

I thought that oil paints weren't compatible with polymer clay? Pretty sure I've read it somewhere but can't remember where now lol

Thanks for the link - I'll go check it out right away :-)






From: gilladian4/17/14 4:58 PM 
To: gypsyzam  (4 of 8) 
 70887.4 in reply to 70887.1 
Personally, I would use polymer clay, thinned with liquid clay to a mushy consistency. You get absolute compatibility and color matching this way. Use thin sheets of marbled clay for large areas, too. You can do a lot with ropes and blobs of solid clay, etc...

From: gypsyzam4/17/14 11:11 PM 
To: gilladian  (5 of 8) 
 70887.5 in reply to 70887.4 

Interesting idea Gilladian - hadn't thought of doing it that way. Thanks for your input! :-)


From: Melody014/18/14 11:09 AM 
To: gypsyzam  (6 of 8) 
 70887.6 in reply to 70887.3 

Hi Marica, I use TSL (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) mixed with small amounts of Genesis heat set oil paints and sometimes with a little mica powder like Pear Ex mixed in. (if using Kato Liquid Poly clay gently stir VERY WELL first)   I keep the mixtures in sets of small metal screw top jars they sell for organizing little scrapbook treasures. For info see #12 and accompanying two photos at

Genesis paints heat set when the PC is being cured and it's commonly used with PC. Though the individual jars of Genesis are relatively expensive, there are sampler packs of small amounts in plastic tubes available (though there could be some important colors that might be missing).

Genesis sampler kit sources :    and  at    

What paints work on polymer?

Hope you find something that works well for you.

Anita in AZ

  • Edited April 18, 2014 11:25 am  by  Melody01

From: LindaBun4/18/14 3:00 PM 
To: gypsyzam  (7 of 8) 
 70887.7 in reply to 70887.1 

Hello Marica,

I have used Reeves oil paint mixed into Translucent Liquid Sculpey. Then I bake the final project (this will never dry on its own). The more oil paint you add to the liquid polymer the thicker the consistency will be (this has a basic consistency of craft acrylic paint). I would say that the color lightens only a little. I have not used this strictly as a painting medium. I use it for detail on miniatures. I usually mix up batches of the color and keep in small containers so I know I have plenty on hand. I have found this to be very cost effective since a little goes a long way for my little creations. Here is a link that talks about using oil paints with polymer clay:    Now, I wouldn't use oil paint straight on the clay 98% of the time. It will take much too long to dry (if ever). I have always fantasied about getting a full set of oil paints and the same number of large TLS bottles and just emptying the tube of oil paint in each. Then I would be swimming in the stuff. Using the squeeze bottles to hold the tinted liquid polymer is also a nice way to dispense the "paint" with less mess and waist. If you want something that has more of the thick paint feel that you can scoop on with a paint knife, then mixing solid polymer clay into the liquid polymer clay will give you that feel (this will have to also be baked to set).

Happy Easter, Linda


From: Rhonda Walton (RhondaWalton)4/19/14 11:02 PM 
To: gypsyzam  (8 of 8) 
 70887.8 in reply to 70887.1 

I paint all of my sculptures with Americana acrylic and/or Dick Blick and Luquitex tube acrylic paints.  I use white sculpey, and have even painted the colored clays.  I prepare the clay for painting with gesso to give the clay 'tooth'.  I seal my sculptures with Mod Podge.

Good luck with your projects!  :)

This is my newest sculpture ready for gesso.

Time you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted :).


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