I couldn't help myself.
Despite my love of the vintage look, I have
just a strong of a love to combine the old
with the new. And this old set needed
It was my first time experimenting with
enamel paints and I'm here to tell you -
The original figurines were all
painted basically one color. Even their
hands and faces would have speckles
of color. Although I dig their funky
look, my heart cried out for details.
Yet, I tried to stay true to the
original color palette. Example, If one king
wore lime green, I repainted in a more
subtle jade green and detailed him with
yellow and gold accents.
What kings looked like before....
My new love with enamels was
purely accidental. I needed gold and didn't
have it in my stash so I borrowed Ted's
paint, which he used for models 20 years
ago. Surprise! They still worked!
The gold went on so flawlessly,
I had to try more! Notice the
difference in Mary's halo, gown,
and Jesus's crib using gold accents.
Another reason why I WILL be using
enamels again....SOON....is because
of how well they took to the plastic.
Unlike water-based paints, I didn't need to
prime first and then put on several layers.
AND the enamels were excellent
for working in tiny details. These figures
are only 4 inches tall so I needed a fine
brush to handle teeny areas to paint.
The paint stayed exactly where I
put it. No drips.
Of course, there are pros and cons
What I didn't like about the enamels were
the strong chemical smells. Plus, I didn't like having
to wash my brush with paint thinner, which
was also very strong to inhale.
Acrylics also come in endless amounts
of color whereas the enamels were very
limited. This is where you need to do
some mixing of colors is you want to
branch out for more assortment.
Santa knows what's on my Christmas
list this year!
This nativity set was actually for a childhood
friend of mine who asked me to put my
"creative touch" to it. Some have criticized me
for "devaluing" the set. To this I stick out my
tongue and say, "Ffffffftttt!"