Skull 21

The twenty-first skull!

Skull 21 – 6×6″

Skull 21

After yesterday’s huge skull that took a long time to paint, I decided to paint a teeny-tiny skull!  Another benefit of tiny paintings is that it allows me to try out new things… and I’ve been wanting to try to get glow-in-the-dark aspects into my paintings, so I thought I’d try mixing some glow-in-the-dark powder into this skull!  The problem with most glow-in-the-dark paint is that it’s acrylic, and as you’d expect, you’d probably also want that paint on top so that it can “charge up” during the daytime so that it can glow.  Unfortunately, it’s a bad idea to put acrylic paint on top of oil paint, since oil paint literally is forever-drying whereas acrylics dry very quickly – so cracks can form when this is done.  I could use glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint underneath and use a thin glaze of oil paint (another thing that I want to try), but I wanted to see if I could incorporate it directly into the paint.  I also ordered “fluorescent oil paint,” which has a low lightfastness (does not keep its color nearly as long as normal oil paints… though that still can be many years), but it turns out that it does not actually glow in the dark.  I’m not sure if it glows under blacklight or if it’s just a “neon”-looking shade.  This skull, though, was fun to experiment with the glow-in-the-dark powder, and so far, it seems to work, though there’s not a very bright glow.  I’ll probably need to experiment much more to find out how to get a really nice glow 😀

In the meantime, here’s the best picture I could take of the glow:

Skull 21 – 6×6″ – Glow




Spooky Film: Today’s spooky film of the day is “Young Frankenstein” because I was really hoping to bring that skull “to life” in the dark 😉  Enjoy a fun Mel Brooks spooky movie tonight! 😀

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