I’ve done numerous experiments with various different sorts of sealers and finishes for use with your painted coasters. (Here is the latest one and my conclusions so far.) Many have not been successful and do not pass the hot coffee test. So in this experiment, I will be trying paints that don’t need any sealer and claim to be permanent, and dishwasher safe. Let’s see!
The DecoArt Gloss Enamels are regular acrylic paints that come in a mouthwatering array of colors and you can use them as usual in any of your acrylic pour paintings. They even come in glitter colors and frosted colors too, so these are absolutely perfect for getting an awesome glossy finish on your ceramic tiles. However, once they are baked in the over the colors become super-glossy, permanent and dishwasher proof etc, but does that mean they will pass that hot coffee mug test without some kind of a sealer on top? I thought I would try them out and see. To start, what would they be like to pour with? Would they make cells?
Because these tiles have to be baked in the oven, I decided not to add any kind of pouring medium. I just used the paint and thinned it a little with water. I did add silicone, knowing that this would float to the top of the paint and could be cleaned off when they were dry. These paints have been tested and approved as safe for home and baking use, but please use your own common sense if you add anything else to them. You may want to use a separate toaster oven and use it outside, although I didn’t notice any fumes or smells when I baked mine.
The paints were just mixed with a little water to get them to pouring consistency. No other mediums were added. 2 drops of silicone oil per color. The silicone was carefully cleaned off before putting the tiles in the oven to bake.
OK, so I learned a few things. Yes, these paints work great for pouring and do make cells, even if just mixed with water, without pouring medium. Yes, the paints are very colorful and glossy and they stick firm to those ceramic tiles. Yes, they appear to be perfectly safe to bake in the oven without any smells. And yes, the finished result looks great on tiles. However, they didn’t pass my 30 seconds test with the hot coffee mug and the mug did stick to the paint. I’m going to put these off to one side for now and see if time makes any difference. If I leave them longer then perhaps they’ll pass at a later date. Or you could try them with one of the other sealers on top, or resin for a stick-free finish.
If you want to learn more about the perfect finish and sealers for ceramic tiles, check out these previous experiments:
Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe, Sargent Art acrylic varnish, and Polycrylic protective finish
Krylon Conservation varnish and Krylon UV-Resistant clear gloss
Kamar varnish, Acrylic Enamel Clearcoat and High Heat Engine Enamel
Minwax Aerosol Lacquer and EnviroTex Lite resin
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.