Question: How do I prepare and paint on soap?
Answer: One of the best brands of soap to paint is Pure and Natural by Dial. It name is only imprinted on one side of the bar. This makes it ideal to paint on the plain side. You can usually find Pure and Natural at many Dollar Stores and supermarkets (Shop Rite on the east coast carries this brand).
If you can’t find Pure and Natural, buy any brand that you like. It will be necessary to remove the imprint from one of the sides so it doesn’t interfere with your design. This can be done by gently scraping it off with a knife. Alternatively, take a piece of sandpaper and sand off the imprint.
At this point, many people leave the bars air dry for at least 1 day. Some find this is not even necessary.
Once the surface is ready, you need to prep it by giving it some ‘tooth’. This will enable the paint to grab onto the surface.
Here are some of ways to do this:
1. Spray the side of the soap that you will be painting with Krylon Lacquer and allow to dry overnight. Paint design with acrylic paint and let dry for 1 day. Spray with 2 coats of Krylon Lacquer and let dry at least 1 hour between coats.
2. Using Outdoor Mod Podge, apply a coat the side of the soap that you will be painting. Allow it to dry then paint your design. When you design has dried thoroughly (preferably overnight), apply Outdoor Mod Podge over your design - use at least 2 coats.
3. Apply a coat of Delta Soap and Candle Medium. Allow to dry. Follow the manufacturers recommendations on the bottle. Paint your design then seal with another coat or 2 of the Soap and Candle Medium.
4. Apply a coat of Plaid Glass and Tile Medium. Allow to dry. Follow the manufacturers recommendations on the bottle. Paint your design then seal with another coat or 2 of the Glass and Tile Medium.
Which ever way you use to paint your soap, apply the sealer to the top of the soap ONLY. This allows the soap to be used and the design will stay in place.
It is suggested that you try the different methods to find the one YOU are most successful with!
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