I cant find viable paints online. Every horn making tutorial uses different paints, and I cant locate any online stores that have them, or when they do, they either dont give me a price, or don’t have the matching sealing thingy.
Im looking for acrylic paints for the horns. Help?
For horns, I just use cheapy acrylics from the craft store. They typically cost somewhere around $0.75~1.00 for a bottle. I”m not sure where you live and what kind of selection you have in your craft stores, but you should be able to find something that will work in almost any store that sells craft supplies. The brand isn’t super important, but a few common ones I’ve seen are Plaid, Folk Art, DecoArt, Delta, Martha Stewart, and various store-brand ones with names like “Craft Smart.”
After a quick Google search, it seems as if you can buy individual colors on almost any large retailer’s site, including Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and even Amazon (try “red craft acrylic paint” or “yellow craft acrylic paint” on amazon for more specific results). Amazon can ship practically anywhere, though it may cost you, depending on where you live.
Some people use more expensive acrylics meant for artists, and these have better luminosity and sheen. Here, the brand matters more, but you should be able to find something suitable in an art supply shop. I think Liquitex is a common brand for this. A nicer brand gives a nicer look, but super cheap brands work perfectly fine.
For a clear coat, look at a hardware store, not a craft store, or otherwise a shop that sells spray paint. Look for cans of spray lacquer. These typically come in matte, satin, glass, or high gloss, though you may only be able to find matte or gloss, depending on the selection of the particular shop. I prefer gloss, but it can be a bit too shiny for flash photos and can make imperfections more obvious. Satin is a good middle ground. Don’t do high gloss for horns, though it’s good for other things, since it’ll be too shiny. Matte is a good option if you have textured horns that you want to protect and give a nice finish too, but don’t want sheen. It’ll be hard to find a place that sells a spray can online and ships it, so you’ll have to look in person.
A lot of people recommend Mod Podge for sealing horns, but it tends to get very sticky rather than having a nice smooth, hard finish, like a spray clear coat would. I would avoid it at all costs. It’s better to have unsealed horns than terribly sticky ones.
On my horns, I’ve used cheap craft paint on all of them, no clear coat on Meenah’s horns (because I painted them [incorrectly, so I’m glad I didn’t seal them!!] the night before the con =_____=), and gloss coat on Condy and Kanaya’s horns. Kanaya’s horns are shinier than Condy’s, but that’s a different of the material itself, I believe — paperclay vs. drywall spackle over foam.
I hope that helps! If you need any more specific help, feel free to ask. :]