How to do School Glitter Painting – Using Messy Glitter for art in the classroom.

School Painting – Glitter Paint
Using Messy Glitter for art in the classroom.

Working with Glitter is Messy.

Glitter is Messy, it just is. Any art teacher will tell you that using glitter in the classroom for art projects is a messy nightmare.

Glitter gets everywhere! Once it is on your hands, it’s on your face, it’s in your hair, then door handles, benchtops, chairs and floors.  And don’t get me started on clothing.

Glitter just is messy to use in the classroom
Glitter just is messy to use at home and the classroom

So why do we put up with all this mess?  
It’s all about the bling, the sparkle.

Is there a way to use glitter without so much mess?
The simple answer is yes.  It has been around for a long time too.  
Glitter Paint. The glitter particles are held together within a paint and this stops the messy transfer of glitter that is normally left loose to fly around the room.  

Is Glitter applied with a Paste or Glue less messy?
You brush out your paste on the paper then sprinkle glitter onto the wet glue.  This doesn’t work either as glitter still gets everywhere because the glitter is loose and still gets airborne. 

Glitter Paints:
The issue with most glitter paints is that it just does not sparkle in the way that would excite most kids enough to use it.  

Why does most glitter paint look boring and flat?  
Paint is made to cover a surface and when you add a pigment coloured paint over glitter particles you instantly lose a lot of the real glitter sparkle.  It is like covering a pile glitter with a sheet of coloured cellophane, you instantly lose around 15% of the natural sparkle of the glitter.

A lot of the Glitter Paints are made to a budget school grade price.  This simply means less glitter in the paint.  The glitter paint ends with less sparkly-bling for your money.  To get any real sparkle you end up having to use quite number of coats of paint or paint far too thickly that takes a very long time to dry.
How to paint with FAS School Glitter Paint
How to paint with FAS School Glitter Paint

How to use Glitter Paint.
Here are a few tips to get the best out of Glitter Paint.
1. Paint Your Glitter Paint Thickly.  
To get intense concentration of glitter try painting thickly.  This may take longer to dry but once it dries the glitter is more concentrated.  Be careful not to apply too thick as this may over-wet thinner paper causing it to fall apart.  If you are concerned about this, you could try painting two coats of the glitter paint.
2. Super Bright Glittering Colours: 
To get amazing bright glittering colours.  Undercoat with a Tempera Paint and allow to dry.  Then apply your Glitter Paint over top.  This is ideal for Christmas decorations or when you need bright strong colours that really sparkle.  Try a red tempera paint with red glitter, green tempera paint with green etc.
3. Metallic Bling: 
Undercoat with a metallic paint and then apply glitter of that same metallic colour over the top.

Buying Glitter Paint:
Avoid budget glitter that has very little glitter partials in the paint.

Non-Toxic - Look for safety standards on the label.

FAS - Fine Art Supplies school Glitter Paints
FAS - Fine Art Supplies Glitter Paints


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