VM Rafiki Help Line: Create Your Owns

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We decided to start a new series here on DV. Whenever we get a question we need your input on before giving an answer, we will post it here, in the VM Rafiki Help Line. Rafiki of course is very wise and the word Rafiki means friend. So we thought it an appropriate name when asking you to share knowledge with a fellow Vinylmation collector.

We received a Mystery Mail Bag question today, and need your help answering it. Especially all those custom artists out there. Tatum writes:

I bought a “create your own Vinylmation” and a 24 pack of “create your own Vinylmation” colored pencils when I went to Disney World. When I tried to use the colored pencils to decorate my Vinylmation, they didn’t work. I would like to know how I can use them and what to use them for. There is nothing on the vinylmation figurine box that says it has to be painted and the colored pencils don’t seem to work. Do I have to paint it first and then use the pencils or is there something I need to do to the pencils to make them work on the surface of the figurine? Thank you for any help you can provide.

OK, any answers? Has anyone had luck with Disney’s colored pencils?

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  • Dont forget vinyl is PLASTIC. Writing or coloring can be difficult because not much bonds to plastic. I would not paint then color with colored pencils. To put it bluntly, its just another product to sell. Not everything will work even though they sell it. email me if you would like and tell me what your trying to accomplish

  • Dont forget vinyl is PLASTIC. Writing or coloring can be difficult because not much bonds to plastic. I would not paint then color with colored pencils. To put it bluntly, its just another product to sell. Not everything will work even though they sell it. email me if you would like and tell me what your trying to accomplish

  • I also have some of the pencils but i use them to sketch out my vinyls in the small vinyl shaped note-book they sell at the parks and d-streets. Because the vinyl is plastic colored pencils don’t work really well (nor do crayons) so I would assume they are just for other things :) They are still cute and I bought it mainly for the container since I have literally millions of colored pencils already! lol

  • Pencils will not work on the vinylmations. You can use Sharpie markers, but you will not have a “clean & sharp” look like acrylic paints do. Do NOT use enamel paints (I learned this the hard way). You can use spray paints, but do this outside due to the strong fumes. Hope this helps!!!

  • I have also got the coloured pencils, and they do not colour on to the Vinylmations, i also bought the Vinylmation Sketch book which is why i think they brought out the pencils, they are just mean’t to be used to sketch out ideas with.

  • The colouring pencils are sold for the purpose of adding colour and drawing out your vinylmation ideas, although the branding make them seem like the work on the actual vinyl figure.
    As the figure is plastic you will have to find a medium that will stay on the plastic. The most commonly used and gets the best outcome is acrylic paint. If your not use to painting then practise beforehand not only on paper but something 3D e.g. kitchen roll tube (although this is cardboard it does give you practise on a curved surface, it can also help in visualising your idea).
    Spraypaint can also be used on a vinylmation, however spray cans aren’t very precise meaning detail would be hard to achieve, on the other hand they’re great for large areas you want coloured. Remember to do this in a well ventilated place, preferably outside.
    The less ‘tricky’ medium is pens. Sharpie Permanent Markers will work however they do bleed plus they smudge really easy as it takes ages to dry (this also applies to highlighters). The best pens to use are Paint Markers (oil based) as they dry quickly and don’t fade. Sharpie do 3 types of thickness and a variety of colours however you are restricted to just those colours.

    If it doesn’t come out the way you hoped just keep practising (it does work!). Most importantly have fun!

  • I think the colored pencils are for planning what you want to do with you CYO on paper in the vmation sketch book. I have found a coat of gesso to give the figure more tooth for the acrylic paint to hold on to works best. I have used this on several of my customs and it works great!

  • Depending on your color vinyl you bought, if you bought a white vinyl 9″ either paint it in FLAT (Matte) White or us a clear MATTE (FLAT) Varnish. The color pencils will work after this base coat is applied. I know a few people that have used color pencils to add detail but you are not going to be able to make solid colors with them. Good luck.

  • ps. I forgot to mention the colored pencils need something to “Stick” to, that is why you would need to prep it first because the vinyl is smooth and not rough like paper is.

  • I’d have to agree that they are probably more of sketching out ideas. However, as Evilos said, if you prep the vinyl, they may work, but still not nearly as good as acrylic paints i’d think. You could try sanding the vinyl with very fine sandpaper, which would give the pencil lead something to “stick” to. Think of a shrinky dink, you can’t really draw on the plastic paper until you sand it, because it needs the grooves to hold the color. I’d only try this on a white vinyl if you were going to, and as for everything… test on the bottom first!

    Good luck with your custom!

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