Paint Appeal - All you need to know

Dala Paint Appeal is a peelable, water-based, non-toxic formula, ideal for children and crafters. The paint can be applied onto a non-porous surface directly from its applicator and then, after drying, peeled off and used to decorate glass windows, vases or any other glass-like surfaces. It is available in 10 colours: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Violet, Turquoise, Brown, Black and Lead.

The article that follows will tell you more about Paint Appeal and introduce you to eight techniques that will assist any crafter to get the most out of this versatile and easy to use product. 

  1. Basic principles, Surfaces and Drying Time

    Paint Appeal is applied directly from its 'liner' bottle. No paint brush or stencil glue is required. When dry, the design is simply peeled off the non-porous surface onto which it has been applied, again, without cutting or requiring any stencil glue. After use, it is advisable to wash the spouts of the liner bottles to avoid the paint drying and blocking the spout.


    It is very important that this product should only be applied to non-porous surfaces. Ideal surfaces are glass, thick plastic (perspex) or transparencies (for overhead projectors). Tiles, mirrors, windows or any other glass surfaces like glasses or potplant holders are also suitable.
    Wood may be used, as long as it's been sealed with at least 3 layers of Podge.

    Drying Time

    In dry weather conditions, Paint Appeal will dry in 48 hours. If the air is moist, it could take up to 5 days. To test if Paint Appeal is dry: Turn the transparent surface on which you worked, around. When still wet, Paint Appeal is milky but dries completely clear at the back. If the Paint Appeal, viewed from the back, is not quite clear, it is not ready to be peeled yet.
  2. Requirements / Tools

    When working with Dala Paint Appeal, the following articles can be very handy: 

    For all Paint Appeal projects:
    � Any firm non-porous surface (see above) - also CD covers or any plastics.
    � 50/50 water vinegar solution and a cloth to clean the surface you are about to work on.
    � Ear buds, pins and kitchen towel paper to clean the liners.
    � Transparency with shapes drawn onto it for practicing.

    Extras for a variety of techniques:

    � Soft flat brush, high density sponge, cloth.
    � Scissors, small pliers, tweezer.
    � Glitter powder and glue, which can be sprinkled onto Paint Appeal.
    � Appropriately thin wire such as jewellery wire, thin string or fish gut.
    � Beads, small mirrors.
    � Tick Tack, green florist's tape, masking tape.
    � Designs.
  3. Techniques

    Technique 1 - Lining

    Before you start a project, it is a good idea to first draw a couple of blocks or circles with the Liner to get used to the liner and the texture of the paint.
    Keep the liner at a 45 degree angle above the surface and not on it. The paint is 'pulled' to create a clean and fluid line. If the air is moist, roll the bottle between the hands to warm the Paint Appeal and make it more fluid. Ideal working conditions is dry, sunny weather.

    Remember that the lines should bind with each other and the application should be quite liberal. If a design consists merely out of lines with no colouring in, make sure that you have horisontal as well as vertical lines crossing each other. This will ensure that the design does not fold or tear when it is dry.

    Technique 2 - Colouring In

    You can start colouring in before the liner is dry. Follow the curves of the design and make sure that the lines and the different colours bind with each other. Apply liberally, otherwise the design will tear when peeled off. Work from the liner towards the inside. Don't try to smooth too much - this might cause bubbles to form.

    (See project - Fish Key ring - for an example of this technique) 

    Technique 3 - Sponging 

    This very easy technique is used to achieve an interesting background effect. Preferably choose a hard plastic or glass background and a high-density sponge, (this forms the finest texture). Apply some Paint Appeal onto the sponge and press onto the surface. 

    Once the sponge effect is dry, more Paint Appeal can be applied on top. You can, for instance, use this as a background for the fish in Project 1. Line a fish onto the sponge effect and, when dry, pull both layers off simultaneously. Cut the excess sponge effect off with scissors.
    See also project Photograph frame in a CD case where this technique has been used as a finishing touch. 

    Technique 4 - Mono Print

    A very interesting effect can be achieved by painting one colour Paint Appeal onto a surface, quite roughly, and while still wet, pressing a transparency onto it.

    See Project: Photograph frame in a CD case

    Technique 5 - Brush Strokes

    A further background effect can be achieved by dragging a soft, flat brush through the wet Paint Appeal. With this technique you have more control over the effect than in technique 4 - and can even write your name with the brush.

    See Project: Photograph frame in a CD case

    Technique 6 - Wiring

    Wired Paint Appeal can be twisted and shaped to form a 3-dimensional object which can be re-shaped. This works very well when smaller components of the final project is individually wired before the whole is put together.

    See Project: Paint Appeal Flowers

    Technique 7 - Spirals

    Spirals can be used as mobiles or on their own as window decals. This is very easy to make.
    The robustness of the spiral depends on the thickness of the transparency used.
    The spiral is cut out with the Paint Appeal still on the transparency, otherwise it hangs too limply.

    This is very easy to make. Paint a circle, working from the outside inwards, on a thick transparency. Colour the circle in completely. When dry, cut the spiral out, on the Paint Appeal as well transparency. Thread jewellery wire or fish gut with a needle through the centre of the spiral and display with fish, or by itself, as a mobile.

    Technique 8 - Grass / Thin Line Effect

    This last technique is great for giving new dimension to multi-media projects or other collages. Paint a stroke of Paint Appeal - any colour of your choice - onto a transparency. Use a soft, flat brush and allow to dry well. Peel the Paint Appeal off and cut into thin strips for a grass effect.

    See Project Sea collage.

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