Glow-in-the-dark paint is such a fun idea to add to your art collection, and the trick is to create a glow-in-the-dark illusion through very simple art techniques that are easy, fun, and unique. This paint contains phosphors, which emit light. It is charged by light by absorbing and storing the energy and then slowly releasing it as a visible glow when the light is off. The glow lasts for several hours and fades over time, depending on the quality of the paint and the intensity of the light source.
Needed Stuff For Making Glow In The Dark Paint
We start by gathering all our art supplies. For this DIY, you would need
- A black sheet of cardstock or chart paper (5×6), and this can either be a square or a rectangle, depending on what draw you choose.
- Paints: white, yellow, and red. You can choose your colors as well, depending on what you’d like to draw.
- A paper plate or an acrylic plate for mixing or pouring your colors (your painting palette).
- Paint brushes: You would need just one-inch paint brushes for thin lines. Use some water in a jar or glass to clean your brushes and a handy napkin or towel for accidental spills.
Now that we have all our art supplies ready, let’s get to painting and remember to trust the process!
To create a glow-in-the-dark illusion, draw one object. It can be a solid one. The key is to layer one color on top of another, so be sure to draw something wide and spacious. In this segment, we are going to draw a light bulb. Don’t fret if your shape is not perfect; the best part about this is that we have a lot of room for error.
Scoop out some white paint. We need clean, thick lines; therefore, try to add as little water as possible! Line the drawing with white completely to create a base for future steps.
In this step, we mix yellow with white to create a light yellow tone (with 2 parts white and 1/4 part yellow). Use the yellow to paint beside the white line that you painted in step 2. This should create a border beside the white line on both sides. Only paint the yellow on the outer part of the bulb and leave the inner heart as it is
Now scoop out some yellow paint; just as you bordered the light yellow line beside the white line, repeat this step and border the light yellow lines on both sides.
Wait for the outer bulb to dry. Once it is completely dry, we move on to the inner heart. (Mix 2 parts white and 1/4 part red to create a light pink.)
It’s time to get your red paint out! Repeat step 4, and create a border with red beside the light pink as well. The lines that you’ve painted together should create a glow-like effect on the object you drew! Isn’t that amazing? Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be perfect. Your lines are messy, and that is completely okay; the art is yours, and our messiness is what makes it unique.
And of course, we can’t finish a painting without some twinkle. So grab your paintbrush and some white paint, and draw little sparkles around the bulb to make it glow a bit more. Your glow-in-the-dark painting is now ready!
Some Important FAQs
How does glow-in-the-dark paint work?
Phosphors are substances that emit light after being exposed to light. Phosphors absorb light energy during the day and then release the energy as light in the dark.
How long does the glow last?
The duration of the glow depends on the quality of the phosphors used in the paint. Generally, the glow lasts from a few minutes to several hours.
How do I charge the paint for the best glow?
Expose the painted surface to bright light for at least 10-15 minutes for maximum glow. Natural light or a bright LED light source works well.
Can glow-in-the-dark paint be used outdoors?
Some glow-in-the-dark paints are specifically designed for indoor use only, while others are suitable for outdoor use. It depends on the type of paint. Be sure to check the product specifications before purchasing.
Can glow-in-the-dark paint be applied to fabric?
Yes, some glow-in-the-dark paints are specifically designed for use on fabric and are available in fabric paint form.
Is glow-in-the-dark paint toxic?
Some glow-in-the-dark paints contain toxic materials and should be handled with care. Others are non-toxic and safe for use. It’s important to read the product label and safety instructions before using any glow-in-the-dark paint.