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What To Do With Leftover Acrylic Paint

There is a good chance you have leftover paint from your paint by number kit. What do you do with it? I really hope the answer is not throwing it away! Read on to see what you can do with it.

Acrylic paint is versatile and can be used on plastic, wood, metal, fabrics, etc. The difference between acrylic paint and regular paint is that acrylic is more flexible and can expand better than latex. This makes it better for fabrics and other materials that bend and move. Acrylic paint is also easily washable when it's wet but becomes more difficult when dried, depending on the surface. 

So, now you've finished your amazing Paint by Number. What do you do now?

Here are a few ideas:

1. Use it in a dutch pour. What is a dutch pour you ask? It is a pouring technique where you use acrylic paint and a paint medium to pour different colors on canvas. Then you use a hair dryer or straw to blow out different shapes and move colors. Below is an example of what a dutch pour looks like:

Dutch Pour Example

2. Use it in Resin Art. Acrylic paint can be added to resin in small amounts to help create the perfect color to your resin project. You have to be careful with how much you put in as it will potentially cause your project not to cure properly. Check out this beautiful piece of Resin art from AxCo Arts

3. Use it on blank canvas. Let your imagination run wild by throwing as much or as little paint on a blank canvas as you'd like. 

4. Use it with a stencil. Grab your favorite stencil and paint on wood or any other surface. Some options could be a wood Welcome Home sign to put on your porch, a kitchen sign, a laundry room sign, the options are endless!

5. Create handprints on your lunchbag. Paint your hands/kids hands and place them on a lunch bag for a fun lunch project.