The Scroll Colorant Blacklist
In Calontir, the SCA area where I live, you sometimes get into painting awards at an event. They are predesigned and painted like a coloring book. We call them “preprints”. Some kingdom’s call them “charters”.
I’ve seen people take a few home from the scribe’s table to do later and that’s terrific. Each reign creates new ones so they need all they can get.
Sadly, when they’re returned a few are unusable. They may be neat and carefully done but the creator didn’t use an acceptable colorant.
Here’s a list of colorants you want to avoid – blacklist – when you do them at home. And why.
- Acrylic-based paints crack and flake off your paper. Even those labeled “gouache” don’t last well.
- Chalks smear and rub off on things.
- Oil-based paints, like Testors model paint, seep through the paper and come out on the back.
- Colored pencils don’t give the award a “period look”.
- Craft paints are just acrylic paints. They don’t work either.
- Crayons look as if your 8-year-old did it.
- Latex-based paints layer too thickly causing them to crack and flake too.
- Magic markers fade over time. They also don’t give that “period look” thing.
- Pastels, like their cousin chalk, smear and rub off, too.
|Take home paint dabs and tube paints.|