Testing! Testing! Plaid Folk Art Acrylic! And a Fab Giveaway!


True Confession! Except for a little watercolor atc that I made for Chris last year, I have not touched paint since I was in college. Well - there was that youthful love affair with Casein paint when I was 12, but other than that, paint and I have never exactly bonded.

So, when Amy (Mod Podge Rocks) invited me to test and review a couple Plaid products, it occurred to me that the Folk Art Acrylic Paint would be a good product to try since I am basically a rank beginner - paint wise!

In addition to that, I have a little project that I have been putting off for quite a while because it requires that I paint! I am thoroughly intimidated by paint!

And that means - I don't need no stinking paint challenges!


Well - guess what! Folk Art Acrylic didn't present one single stinking paint challenge!

And - I am in love with paint again! At least I am in love with Folk Art Acrylic! Seriously! I am!

Look at that lovely bit of paint! It is light and creamy and yet it totally holds it's shape! Which means - it stays exactly where I put it - no running or sagging or wandering off into pores and scratches on the project surface!


As I applied it to the gourd surfaces it felt almost as if I were brushing on silk! And as you can see, once the paint is applied, it can be smoothed so that the brush marks all but disappear.

I left a few brush strokes in the bottom half of this section so you could see the difference!


For the most part, the Folk Art Acrylic did a beautiful job of covering the mottled surface, as you can see; but when I got to the really dark stains, it was obvious a second coat would be needed.


I took this so you could see just how well the paint covered the relatively clean surface on the top half of the gourd and how the dark staining challenged the paint on the bottom surface.


A second coat completely covered the surface stains beautifully. I let the first coat of paint dry for an hour before applying the second coat.


With my lack of experience, there are bound to be some mishaps! Like accidentally getting wet paint on my fingers and then touching my gourd!

I have not pre-treated the gourds with an acrylic sealer, so the surface is porous and the paint will be absorbed rather quickly. However, I am happy to report that as long as I didn't let the paint totally dry, I was able to remove it with a damp towel.


OK - now the part of this I have been sweating! The small stuff!

The fluid and "stay put" nature of the Folk Art Acrylic makes this product a winner for detail work. Especially in the hands of a newbie like me! I mean - why do you think I have been putting this project off for so long? The thought of painting all these little flower petals - thats why!

But I am finding this part of the project to be much easier than expected. MUCH! And fun, too! Imagine that!


I really came to appreciate just how lovely this paint is to work with when painting the little eyes.

Needing a bit of brown, I turned to a little sampler packet of paints I had picked up to make the eyes for my "Gracie Doll". These paints, while acrylic, were NOT Folk Art.


What a struggle. And as you can see - not a very straight line at all.

I planned on also using a lovely pink color in the kit for the little mouth and cheeks. But after the challenges endured while applying the eye lashes, I decided to simply use the Skintone color I had ordered! Much better! The little mouth glided right on.


The only problem - the color isn't good for the mouth and cheeks. So I mixed in a bit of the Apple Red.


Perfect! Just wait until you see her!


Once Folk Art Acrylic is dry, it seems to be pretty stable. I found that I could draw designs right onto the surface of the paint.


And erase them too! Without disturbing my lovely painted surface!


And "do-overs" are totally possible! The paint picks right up with a dampened q-tip so the design can be re-applied.


So - with all this success - using my Folk Art acrylics, I got brave!

This gourd is 2"! I tried painting an open work apron! Like I said - brave!

I used the Skintone again as the only white I have is in that little kit - and I am not going there again!

The surface of this little Jewelry gourd is very smooth and non-porous. The Skintone color is pale. And there is no way to work evenly around those tiny little openings in the "lace".


Two coats were necessary. Even while still wet, the apron looked much better with the second coat.


Now about that Giveaway!

Plaid will send the lucky winner of this giveaway SIX 2 ounce bottles of Folk Art Acrylic Paint in the colors of your choice. See all the yummy colors you have to choose from right here!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me how you plan to use your paint if you win! Sorry, because these bottles contain liquid, we can not offer this giveaway to international readers.

Entries must be posted no later than 6:00 PM PST October 1st.

And be sure to check out the full "tutorial" for making Matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) out of gourds.

Happy 90 days til Christmas everyone!

Pam, the dolls are sooo

Pam, the dolls are sooo cute...what a fun idea to do with my girls...if I could only find the time ;)

I really like this! Really

I really like this! Really nice and when I first saw the finished product I thought you were telling us about some dolls you bought at a store but THEN you followed with a tutorial on how you made it and you make it look a little more doable. I Love it and I'm going to share a link to this craft as well. Thanks!

I am new to your blog and

I am new to your blog and LOVE IT!!!! I would make these dolls for sure!! My hubby has a obsession with Russian culture and would love for me to make these dolls!! I do have some projects waiting for pait too, so I would definatly get those done as well.
Thanks Diana

Your gourd dolls are

Your gourd dolls are beautiful! I am gearing up for my Christmas crafts, and I would love to have some fresh paints to paint some ornaments. Thanks so much!

Right now I'm painting a

Right now I'm painting a model plane for my son's bedroom. But I think these gourd dolls are divine and would love to make some! If only I can muster up the patience to paint that much detail. :)

I would make a set of the

I would make a set of the nesting dolls for my mom for Christmas. She'll love them

I'm really inspired to make

I'm really inspired to make your gourd nesting dolls so I would probably do that, but I also have some Christmas projects coming up I would love to have this paint for! Thanks so much for the terrific giveaway and the tutorial!

I have had a gourd sitting in

I have had a gourd sitting in my garage for over 15 years! It's even moved with me. Thank you for the inspiration and "I can do it" attitude with Folk Art paints. I too will make a doll.

I would definitely be

I would definitely be painting some blank canvas at my house that are awaiting inspiration!

You have inspired me to try

You have inspired me to try this craft. To think I thought gourds were only good for birdhouses.

Oh, Pam!! Thank you for the

Oh, Pam!! Thank you for the shout out. It was bad timing, probably, as I had just posted a huge rant on my blog and anyone who bothered to go over there was probably put off. But in any case, this has inspired me to once again post pictures of your ATC, because it was AWESOME and also: GENIUS! the way you sent it my way, and how beautiful it was. I couldn't believe you were afraid of paint then, and I still find it hard to believe, although I always believe my friends.

Isn't the organic texture on this red so lovely?

Love the dolls! I definitely

Love the dolls! I definitely want to try making those at some point, but right now, I am planning on using the paints for the name signs I am making, and bird houses I have ready to go.

Pam, As always, you impress

As always, you impress and inspire me! This is so brilliantly cute! Amazing!

I <3 Folkart products. If by

I <3 Folkart products.
If by chance I were to win I would gift my gift to my mother. She loves to tole paint and for as long as I can remember she has had a paint brush in one hand and one sticking out of her mouth :) haha
My father passed away, and after that she hasn't been inspired to paint so much. She was so disappointed to see that all the tole painting books she would purchase from her local art store had been replaced with graphic design, knitting among other things. I found a box of them in the Clearance rack the other day at my local Michaels, and purchase a few, and am now putting together a care package for her, which in hopes, will inspire her to start painting again.

I have my *fingers crossed* to win, because it will for sure make her day to get her favorite paint with her care package of books :)

Thank you :)

I'm planning on making a

I'm planning on making a wreath for my front door.

Oh my! I absolutely love to

Oh my! I absolutely love to paint all different things. I am disabled and they tell me this is my therapy. I love it. I only get $800 a month and can't afford much of anything else. I could really use this paint. I would paint a birdhouse or clay pots. Thanks for doing this. GREAT!!!


My head is spinning! So many

My head is spinning! So many beautiful colors to choose from. I love the dolls, and the detailed how to and tips. I'd love to try them someday, but I decided my first project would be to paint a small wooden box as part of a birthday decoration. I want bright colors for it. As I was looking for what I'd pick, I kept seeing groupings of softer, more muted colors and thinking, they'd be lovely for other projects. A wonderfully inspirational collection.

Love to win some paint. I

Love to win some paint. I want to make some christmas wreaths for gifts this year and they would come in handy.

How adorable......I love this

How adorable......I love this little dolls....what would I used these paints for.....there is always something to paint on.....I have just started to plan for Christmas gifts this year....thank you for the chance...

I would love to paint a set

I would love to paint a set of Matroyska gourds as my oldest son spent 2 years in St. Petersburg, Russia almost ten years ago. I guess I need to learn how to grow those kind of gourds. Wonderful project!

I would use them to paint

I would use them to paint pumpkins!

Love your dolls! You did a

Love your dolls! You did a beautiful job! I definitely want to try making some painted gourds someday. I would love to use some Folk Art paint on ornaments for Christmas.

What beautiful dolls ! I

What beautiful dolls ! I have never tried gourd painting before. I would use the paint in my jewelry designs . I would love to paint some pendants with it

What a great idea for gourds,

What a great idea for gourds, and your dolls are so pretty.
I am getting ready to paint Christmas ornaments for gifts
soon. The grandkids love to paint Halloween and Christmas decorations, it make the holiday events much more special for them when they take part in the joy of making and decorating for each special occasion.I love your blog Pam, thanks.

Those Russian nesting dolls

Those Russian nesting dolls look amazing!! I have always wanted to get into gourd art, but have never really been inspired. But now, seeing how easily Folk Art paints can be applied to gourds, I must finally give in and try it. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I cannot wait to go find me some gourds!!


Your dolls are beautiful!

Your dolls are beautiful! What a treat to discover the pleasure of painting again -- and with such a lovely palette of color choices, success is almost a guarantee.

I have birdhouses to paint and the "Cayman Blue" and "Rose Garden" and "Fresh Foliage" are calling to me . . .

What darling gourds! If I

What darling gourds! If I win the paints, I will use them for painting holiday gifts.

I think I have been inspired

I think I have been inspired to pull out the gourds (bagfull in the shed) and paint them.

I want to paint Christmas

I want to paint Christmas Ornaments this year. That's what I would use it for.


I will use it for the kid's

I will use it for the kid's art class I teach, the many canvases awaiting my spare moment, or the desk I promised to paint for someone! Love the gourds by the way!

Paint it Yourself Christmas

Paint it Yourself Christmas Kits - most definitely!!!

I have to admit, I've used Ceramcoat for years with a little FolkArt here & there. Only because of the craft store where I worked, believe me.

I'd love to switch over to FolkArt. I like the shades - much more contemporary.

If I win, I am painting

If I win, I am painting Christmas ornaments....or at least my daughter is.

I have to admit I collect

I have to admit I collect Folk Art Paints ... but don't have a LOT so I would be 'stash building'. I mainly do Art Journaling, so something along those lines is what I would use it for!

I will finish painting the

I will finish painting the plaster elephant I started when the kids were little. He is half done - the easy part. Now, the jewel tones and golds and silvers need painting.

If I win I will use it to

If I win I will use it to paint Christmas ornaments for the upcoming season. Ornaments are my favorite thing to paint!

Hi Pam! Love the idea of

Hi Pam! Love the idea of making these nesting dolls from gourds. When my kids were small I made them each very colorful, durable rattles from small gourds. Even though they're now adults, we still have one of them!
If I win the give away, I'll use the paints to make several Christmas gifts - and use the leftovers in my collage paintings.

I love your dolls! May have

I love your dolls! May have to make a trip to the farmers market today now to hunt for gourds...

You have reminded me I need

You have reminded me I need to finish up the gourds I have saved from last year. I think I would use the paint to do that...I also have some storage units I need to paint and modge podge!

Plaid Folk Art is the best

Plaid Folk Art is the best isn't it!

I've been doing paintings

I've been doing paintings inspired by my favorite video games... I've used some non-Folk Art paints and had really bad experiences. Everything you've said in your review is accurate! Folk Art paints don't drip or run and they cover beautifully. If I won the contest, I'd use the paints to make some super colorful video game-inspired paintings!

Oh, the painting I would do!

Oh, the painting I would do! I actually have several projects in the works, including picture frames and the buffet in my kitchen! (I know, talk about differing degrees of size and stuff!) Plaid paints are the best!

I would use it to paint a

I would use it to paint a series of paintings I have been planning to put behind my bed. The main one is of a mother Orca with her baby but the other 3 I have yet to figure out!!

Such a clever idea. They are

Such a clever idea. They are wonderful. I love Halloween so I would paint pumpkins and rocks. I have painted rocks before with ghosts faces, pirates and monsters. I then put then in my garden and up the walkway. Thanks for having this give away.

I would like to try making

I would like to try making some Matryoshka dolls, but not out of gourds - since I don't have any. I think I might look for an interesting shape in unfinished wood or paper mache that would work. Now, what colors of paint would I need? That will be hard to decide.

OMG I love those Gourd

OMG I love those Gourd nesting dolls what an Awesome Idea !!!! So Creative !!! We use Folk Art Paints all the time on older kids projects.

Matroyska gourds!! Swoon!

Matroyska gourds!! Swoon! What a great idea for these paints!

I use them to paint small wooden boxes, that I give to my nieces as little 'treasure' boxes. They collect special things to put in them over the course of the year and at Christmas, they put it away & get a new box. It contains a year of special items for memories, and it's fun to get to create new ones each year.

I'm really not sure what I

I'm really not sure what I would use it for, as you I haven't touch paint since grammar school. But I have gotten back into my drawing and would like to step out into some light paiting. These folk art paints could really do the trick. Even if I don't win them I am still getting some of these paints. Thanks.

When I saw the paint bottles

When I saw the paint bottles I thought oh no I don't do paint very well. Then I saw the pic where you poured out the red and thought wow look how thick it is, it won't run all over like some of the paints I have tried in the past. I've always found Plaid products to be of nice quality.

I love the adorable little baby gourd. Can't wait to see the tutorial :)

My grandpa always grows

My grandpa always grows gourds and I'd love to paint some (my grandma has always painted them gorgeously, but like you I'm a bit scared of paint).

Quite beautiful!

Quite beautiful!