As a crafter, I go through a lot of craft supplies every year. I'm always happy to try new products, but in the end, new or old, I use the products that work best for any given project. I try to give my preferences when I supply craft tutorials (by now, everyone probably thinks I have a stake in Beacon adhesives), but occasionally I'd like to focus on a particular material, so I'm going to introduce a new category today - Favorites.
I'll start with spray paint. I love the ease of spray paint, but it's difficult to find a sophisticated color palette among the mass market brands. In New York, I stumbled onto Belton Molotow spray paint. I used to find it in skate shops and wait my turn among hundreds of teenage boys. (I've been told it's one of the favored paints for graffiti artists, so you know it's durable.) It comes in more than 180 colors and the range is quite spectacular. Most of the paint comes in a flat finish, which I am partial to, and coverage is superb. The low pressure nozzle gives you more control over the paint, and no drips. It can also be used for indoor or outdoor projects, be used in extreme temperatures, and covers any surface. And for Pantone addicts, there's a chart that matches Belton paint colors to their closest Pantone counterpart.
Belton is my favorite, but another good brand is Montana Hardcore. I was persuaded to use it when my favorite Belton colors were out of stock and it worked very well. The finish wasn't as matte as Belton, but close enough, and I spray painted several chandeliers with it (in a garage, in the middle of January, at the tail end of a blizzard). When your paint works in those conditions, you know it's good paint.
If you can't find exactly what you're looking for when tackling your next painting project, check out one of these brands. Both paints can be purchased online at Art Primo.