Glow in the dark paint for styrofoam balls

I made a Zelda-style fairy (as seen in this guide https://www.instructables.com/id/Zelda-Style-Fairy-In-A-Bottle/). I was thinking that I might be able to give the styrofoam ball a little more character when not lit up if I could give it a light coat of paint. If there's a glow in the dark paint I can use for this, even better. I don't want to add so much paint that it will smother the light when it's switched on.

I know spray paint will melt styrofoam, so that's out. Would I be able to sort of dry-brush acrylic paint used for miniatures onto it? I have a few pots of Citadel paint on hand, or I can always run to the craft store. Heck would food coloring work?
Or is the whole idea more trouble than it's worth?

Thanks for any help

lgooms1 year ago

Hey! Listen!

You could sponge on water based acrylics. They are pretty cheap and they have a glow in the dark. Apple Barrel and Folk Art are a couple brands that make this. http://www.createforless.com/p-images/31/2014/062...

This will be very pale yellow with a greenish tint when dried. I think on a Styrofoam ball, it won't be very noticeable.

I think food coloring would not be a good idea. It will get into the air pockets and may leave a inky kind of mess. I don't think it would dry throughly, and if it got wet for any reason, the color would run.

I hope this helps!

DaveOfMutilation (author)  lgooms1 year ago

Cool, thanks for the info! I'm actually headed out today to buy some stuff for a couple different projects I'm working on, so I'll keep an eye out for that stuff.