Not sure if it's the brushes or the brand of acrylic paints (DecoArt or Martha Stewart Satin Finish) I use, but I'd like to achieve a smooth finish when I paint my ceramic pots.

  • Hi Syan, is spraypainting not an option?
    – Joachim
    Jun 18, 2021 at 7:51
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    I suspect it isn't so much a matter of brand as consistency. Very thick paint can act a little like texture medium. It needs to be thin enough to self-level. Try thinning the paint. Also try applying several thin layers using thinned paint rather than one heavy layer using thick paint.
    – fixer1234
    Jun 19, 2021 at 19:04
  • Hi @Joachim, I wanted to paint some custom art/shapes on the pot. Afraid I won't be able to do such delicate painting by using spray paint.
    – Syan
    Jun 21, 2021 at 2:37
  • @fixer1234: Ahh okay, this might work.. I will try this.
    – Syan
    Jun 21, 2021 at 2:39
  • Syan, can you let us know whether or not it worked? You can answer your question yourself if it did, and, if not, edit your question to get more advice.
    – Joachim
    Jun 24, 2021 at 7:31

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A few options:

  • Watering down the paint (as mentioned in the comments) Acrylic paint can be thinned by adding water until brush strokes self-level. If you want to be uptight, use distilled water. Chlorine and minerals in tap water may have some effect on the paint, but it's doubtful that it'd be significant.
  • Foam brush Foam brushes are often used to avoid brush strokes. You used the word "delicate" in your question, so this may not be an option.
  • Spray Painting (with stencils). Depending on what your art is, you might be able to create a stencil for it and then spray paint. You can buy removable self-adhesive vinyl from a crafting store (electrical tape works in a pinch) and either cut it manually or find someone with a computer driven cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette.

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