Paints for artwork, portrait and wedding figures
For painting keepsakes, wedding figures and portraits. I tend to use a range of artists and craft acrylic paints. The surface can be prepared with gesso for artwork on wood.
You can use acrylic, gouache or even watercolour to paint wood shapes, but the more watery the paint, the more it will raise the grain of the wood. For figures I paint a couple of base coats directly onto the wood, and then sand the figure back, before painting two or three more. It gives a lovely smooth surface for detail, but it can take a lot of coats to paint to get a dense, uniform colour.
The pegs are great fun and can be done with one or two coats of paint, if you don’t mind a slightly rough surface. The colour will go on stronger in earlier coats as the water is absorbed into the wood more easily. You can pencil in your design and paint separate colours between the lines, or paint the whole figure and build up your layers as you go.
Then I use a water based acrylic sealer over the top. The best general purpose one would be a satin finish water-based sealer/varnish, preferably ‘toy safe’.