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Old 06-21-2009, 10:04 AM
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Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

I've seen this question asked before, and I don't recall seeing some of the discussion which I read in the link below, so I thought I would supply the link for anyone interested in reading it.

http://painting.about.com/od/acrylic...paint.htm?nl=1
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

thanks for posting that- i never tried house paints but i've always wondered
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

Very interesting read, Shirl!! There is actually alot of pretty good info at About.com!!
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

I would say yes it is, John Myatt the British art forger fooled the art world in the late 90's using Dulux Emulsion paint, KY jelly & old coffee

In his series on SkyArts called Mastering the Art John said that with tins of White, Black, Red & Blue house paint he mixes it with System 3 acrylics and uses the KY jelly as an extender(like a glaze medium). Have a look on his website(http://www.johnmyatt.com/gallery.htm) to see what you can do with house paint
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

Andy, I had exactly the same thought when I saw the title of the thread, I've got to give the KY a go!
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

Yes you can and many do just that. The only rub is permanence. House paint is not formulated to endure for very long whereas with professional artist paints permanence is a prime consideration. A coat of good varnish over the house paint will endure for about 40 years.
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

Yes, George, that was exactly the part of this link that I found interesting, the permanence reasons that make it not such a good idea.
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

Shirl we have had quite a few inquiries about this over the years. The bottom line is archivality of the paint. It is designed to breakdown so you will go out and buy more.

Here are a few threads on it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ht=house+paint
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ht=house+paint
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ht=latex+paint
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...ht=latex+paint
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Re: Is it Okay to Use House Paint For Art?

Consider the source. You asked a manufacturer of artist's acrylics about the longevity of house paint? Last time this came up on WC I contacted a house paint manufacturer. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...=house+pai nt If this link works scroll down about 1/4 page to find that post and read to the end. No paint will last forever and artist quality paint, while nice to work with, is commonly over rated.

A mute question really. Almost certainly for us it will not matter what we use. In five hundred years our work won't be in history books or museums. No one will know our names or see our paintings. Will any survive more than a generation or two? Sad, but true...even so I paint.
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