About IOD Decor Paint Inlays by Iron Orchid Designs, Best Practices, and Tips
About IOD Décor Paint Inlays.
What are IOD Décor Paint Inlays? IOD Paint Inlays are the artisanal answer to décor transfers.
Are there video tutorials available? Yes! I recommend watching all 5 videos below prior to attempting your first inlay! Their easy and fun, but do not a different approach than a transfer!
Are IOD Décor Paint Inlays just another transfer? No, IOD Décor Paint Inlays are not a transfer, decal, synthetic film, or decoupage. This is an exciting brand new patent-pending product by Iron Orchid Designs.
How do IOD Décor Paint Inlays differ from a Transfer? Unlike a transfer that transfers from it's carrier sheet to the surface of your project, when you apply an IOD Paint Inlays to a properly prepared surface, actual artisanal paint from the inlay carrier sheet is embedded into your (wet) painted surface. When the paper is removed, you are left with an authentic painted design and a buttery, almost leather-like surface on your piece.
What type of paint does IOD Décor Paint Inlays use? IOD Paint Inlays are made from a proprietary artist-quality paint which was formulated specifically for decorative use. They are organic in nature and the transfer of the painted design will be slightly varied and unique for each individual. The results are visually interesting, texturally complex, and often inherently distressed.
Can I fix a blemish in the design after application? Yes! The paint formula is "active" until sealed. That means you can manipulated it and apply special techniques or a custom touch before you seal your piece.
Can I get multiple impressions from an IOD Décor Paint Inlays? You can often get a beautifully-faded second impression, with the residual pigment on your "leftover" Paint Inlay sheets. Depending on the techniques and colors you are using with your Paint Inlay, sometimes you can even get a third impression!
What kind of paint can I apply this to? For best results with basic application, IOD recommends using a chalk-type paint that does not contain polymers. Polymer-based paints and topcoats can also be used, but the timing and results will vary, so check out IOD tutorials for that and more special technique videos. Also, you can visit the IOD Creative Tribe Facebook Group for the latest tips and tricks.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a brand new product that was tested mostly with chalk-type paints, and had very limited testing with paints that have a top coat built in, such as Fusion Mineral Paint. Rest assured, Vonda and Brad at The Painted Heirloom are hard at work perfecting the application into freshly painted Fusion Mineral Paint surfaces.
These instructions will be expanded as the product gets more use with different types of paint.
Step-by-step instructions - read all the way through before starting. Then, read as you go. :)