Throughout all my years of fixing, painting, pouring and mixing, one of the most powerful lessons I have learnt is the value of doing. Sure I have made plenty of mistakes, had to do and redo, try and retry, I've been disappointed, frustrated, overwhelmed and totally over it, but the lessons I have learnt are invaluable.
Mixing Milk Paint is not rocket science and it wont kill anyone if you get it wrong so I suggest jump right in, pick a colour splash in some water at a 1:1 ratio and mix until smooth.
try all the mixing techniques
... Stir it, whisk it, shake it, blend it ...
find out what works best for you.
Below are some basics to get you started.
... STIRRING ...
- Measure out the amount of milk paint powder that you want to mix and add it to a cup. don’t mix your entire package of paint at once unless you know that you will use it all. Start out with about 1/4 of the bag.
- Using hot tap water, add an equal amount of water to the powder (Hot tap water helps the clumps dissolve).
- Stir, stir, keep on stirring use a stir stick, spoon, knife whatever you like. make sure all the dry paint is mixed in from the bottom and the sides. To get a smooth consistency, stir for about a minute to a minute and half. Whites tend to be a little clumpier and are harder to get smooth, don’t be worried about small clumps in your paint, these normally flatten out when you brush the paint on and when you sand your piece smooth.
- It can help to add a small amount of water and work the paint into a paste before mixing the remainder in.
... SHAKING ...
Shaking the paint rather than stirring has been said to make the paint smoother faster.
- Find a jar, pot, tub, container that will easily fit the amount of paint you want to make up and has a water tight lid. I like to use ones that will fit my paint brush in the top.
- Add hot tap water and then the paint powder (in a 1:1 ratio) to the jar.
- Put on the lid and shake, shake, shake. Thirty seconds should do it.
- Some paint colours get foamy when you use the shake method. Let the paint sit for a bit and the foam will dissolve, or give it a quick stir.
With either method, if you make your paint too thin, just add a little powder, if its too thick, add a little water.
You want your milk paint to be like runny custard, it should never be so thin that you have runs or drips and you don’t want it so thick that it is hard to paint smoothly. If your paint brush is dragging then it is too thick. However, one of the advantages of having paint in powder form is that you can make it as thin or as thick as you like depending on the project you are working on or your own particular preferences, there are no hard and fast rules.
The instructions call for equal parts water to powder, this is correct in most cases. keep in mind, that as your paint sits it thickens. You may find it helpful to add a very small amount of water during painting to get the paint back to the right consistency. Sometimes the paint can start settling to the bottom of the cup and begin clumping, stir the paint every now and then to keep smooth.
Now Go Get Stirring, Shaking and Painting