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Crafting with Glow in the Dark Acrylic

We can make a craft truly unique when we use glow in the dark paint. And not only is it one of a kind, but it is the type of craft that grabs attention by being unexpected.

Glow in the dark acrylic paint used to make decorative birds on black velvet fabric.

Using Glow in the Dark Paint

We used neon acrylic paint for this fun project. We found the stencil below, but there are a lot of other fun stencils out there you can use. What makes this craft extra special is the black velvet fabric. It is one thing to do glow in the dark paint on a board, but using it on black velvet fabric gives the extra texture.

This is a wonderful craft that can be multi-purposeful. You can use this for paintings in the house, for a kids’ bedroom, and more. For kids that are afraid of the dark, this can be a calming way to bring just enough light into their rooms in a fun way.

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Materials Needed

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Materials needed to make a craft with glow in the dark acrylic paint with velvet fabric, stencil, and paintbrush.

A Few Helpful Tips

  • Hold the stencil in place securely to avoid it shifting or apply pieces of tape along the perimeter to help hold stencil down.
  • Apply a base coat in white prior to painting the neon colors.
  • Allow paint to dry fully between coats and when changing colors. 
  • Clean stencil gently with soap and warm water often.

How to Craft with Glow in the Dark Acrylic

Assemble the back velvet canvas by stretching a piece of velvet fabric around a standard artist’s canvas and stapling in place.

Position the urban inks stencil in the upper left corner. Using a stencil brush, paint the stencil on to the velvet with cotton ball.

Using white paint to stencil a bird onto black fabric.

Apply a second coat of cotton ball.

Removing a stencil to reveal a painted bird on black fabric.

Using a stencil brush, apply neon yellow to the stencil for the wings.

Using neon yellow paint to stencil a bird onto black fabric.

Paint the beak in neon orange.

Using neon yellow paint to stencil a bird onto black fabric.

Paint the eye in neon blue.

Add an orange beak and blue eyes onto the painted bird.

Re-position the stencil over the other stenciled bird. Using a stencil brush, paint the wings and head in neon yellow, the feathers in neon blue, the beak in neon orange, and the eye in neon green.

Positioning a stencil on black fabric to paint a neon bird.

We originally shared this craft in Decoart’s project gallery.

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Collage showing the process of how to make a glow in the dark acrylic paint craft bird.

Crafting with Glow in the Dark Acrylic

Jane and Sonja
Glow in the dark paint looks amazing when it is acrylic paint and black velvet fabric.
5 from 2 votes

Materials
  

  • Artist’s Stretched Canvas
  • Black velvet fabric large enough to cover canvas artboard
  • Upholstery staples
  • Urban Inks Stencil
  • Multi Surface Paint in Cotton ball
  • Multi Surface Paint in Neon Green, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange
  • Stencil brushes

Instructions
 

  • Assemble the back velvet canvas by stretching a piece of velvet fabric around a standard artist’s canvas and stapling in place.
  • Position the urban inks stencil in the upper left corner.
  • Using a stencil brush, paint the stencil on to the velvet with cotton ball.
  • Apply a second coat of cotton ball.
  • Using a stencil brush, apply neon yellow to the stencil for the wings.
  • Paint the beak in neon orange.
  • Paint the eye in neon blue.
  • Re-position the stencil over the other stenciled bird. Using a stencil brush,paint the wings and head in neon yellow, the feathers in neon blue,the beak in neon orange, and the eye in neon green.
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