Painting on Plexiglass is a wonderful way to express your artistic talents with. The trick of creating beautiful art is the right materials and some adventurous techniques.
The use of unconventional materials to paint on is not something new. Through the ages, artists have used wood, canvas, stone, and glass to present their designs. Acrylic glass is another wonderful medium to add to the mix.
Why Painting on Acrylic Sheets
The see-through effect of acrylic sheets allows you to create many creative art projects for your walls, or to make sleek storage containers to beautify your counters and shelves.
Choosing the right acrylic material to paint on makes a difference to your finished project, and many artists prefer frosted or P95 acrylic. This is because of their matte finish, much like that of a bumpy canvas, makes it easier for the paint to stick on.
Frosted plexiglass has a matte finish on both sides, and paint will stick effectively on either side. It is not the best medium if you want a smooth aesthetic finish, and it’s not recommended for reversible art pieces or two-sided painting.
P95 acrylic is only frosted on one side. The completely clear underside allows for reversible and layered paintings.
Completely clear acrylic sheets can also be used, but it’s best to lightly scuff the area to be painted with fine-grit sandpaper to help the paint adhere to the surface.
The Best Type of Paint to Apply on Plexiglass
Acrylic-based paint or ink is the best type to use on acrylic sheets. It is inexpensive, readily available, quick-drying, and easy to use. You can use various application techniques, including different paint-brush strokes, spray painting, sponging, etc. Each application provides a different effect.
Painting on acrylic requires patience because thicker layers of paint take a while to dry. Be sure the paint is completely dry before going in with the next coat. You can accelerate the drying process with a hairdryer, but don’t let the acrylic get too hot as it may warp or damage your existing paintwork.
Once the acrylic is dry, you can scrape it off with something soft to add on more layers. Once completed, use a spray-on sealer designed for acrylic paint to create a thin, clear layer. This helps to protect your art.
Painting Techniques on Acrylic Sheets
Acrylic allows you to add fascinating depth and brilliantly luminous colors when you paint or print on it. Here are a few painting techniques for beautiful plexiglass painting projects for your home.
Prints of Paintings and Photos on Plexiglass
Custom-designed art prints and photographs can be transferred onto acrylic sheets with a UV Printer. Acrylic printing produces vibrant colors in various sizes for wall mounting. Before printing, first, prepare the four holes for mounting your project. As with all painting application techniques on plexiglass, when protective plastic is removed on the side to be painted, clean the sheet before applying the color printing.
Once the color printing is completed, place it on the backing paper, and remove the protective covering from the front of the plexiglass. Pictures can be completed in one whole piece or separate pieces for staggered mounting.
Wall mounting is done with metal bindings.
Hand Painting Tips for Painting on Acrylic
- Create a drawing of your subject on paper with firm outlines or use a stencil.
- Place it underneath the acrylic sheet and trace your design with a paintbrush.
- You can get a three-dimensional effect by layering paint techniques and colors, and then scraping paint and filling in. Layering with painted layers of acrylic sheets which can be glued together is another popular technique.
- Use all forms of acrylic paints, and you can layer sprays with paintbrush effects.
- Vinyl stickers also adhere well to acrylic paint. Use these for creative signage or art projects.
Hint: You can also use the protective mask from the acrylic to create firm outline designs by cutting it out.
Creating Stellar Acrylic Projects with Bold Lines
If you want to color a bold strip on an acrylic vase, book holder, or any other decorative item follow these instructions.
You will need:
- Acrylic item of your choice
- Piece of brown paper or a paper bag
- High performing spray paint for plastic
- Painters tape
- Clear triple thick glaze spray
Steps for your project:
- Place tape carefully at the start of the non-paint area by pressing down the edges. This prevents the paint from seeping underneath.
- Use the brown paper or bag to cover the rest of the product where you don’t want to paint. Make sure it is well protected and protect the surrounding areas because the tiny droplets from spray paint go everywhere.
- You don’t want a thick layer of paint because you need to remove the tape immediately to prevent peeling paint with it. That is why a primer is not recommended*. Start spraying the paint with sweeps to create an even coat and don’t allow it to pool. As soon as you have finished, remove the tape before the paint has a chance to dry.
- After you have removed the tape, allow the paint to dry. Finish with some clear glaze spray paint to help seal the edges of the paint.
*A very light coat of primer can be used on objects that will be used often and should be applied before painting.