I accidentally got oil paints to go with my daughters air dry modeling clay, will these work?

Can you paint clay sculptures with oil paints? I know it's supposed to be acrylic, but I screwed up.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Are they "oil paints" as in the kind that some artists paint with which are linseed oil based and must be thinned and cleaned up with turpentine, etc?

    Or are they petroleum-solvent based paints (sometimes called "model paints" or "enamels," etc) that must be thinned and cleaned up with paint thinner, etc?

    (Both are different from acrylic paints--which are *water* based).

    If you bought an "air-dry" clay for your daughter (also water-based, and one that will naturally dry in the air to harden), you can use virtually any paint on it though oil paints will take a lot longer to dry, and if non-permanent paints are used the paint and object will need to be sealed after drying.**

    If you bought true "modeling clay," then it's likely it's a plasticine-type clay and can never be hardened (and it isn't usually painted on).

    You can read more about the types of clay here:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201006... (ignore the 2nd paragraph)

    ...and more about sealing and paints on air-dry clays here:




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