What Can Glow In The Dark Pigment Powder Be Used For?

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This is a question we hear pretty often and the answer is almost anything. Since all of our powders are coated (which makes them waterproof), you can mix them with almost any transparent medium. Some of the most commonly used mediums are acrylic, solvent, and oil based paints, resins and epoxies, rubber, glass (our neutral powders are unharmed by the extreme heat of molten glass), clay, ceramic glaze, nail polish, candle wax/gel, and more!

Our powders are strontium aluminate based which is the latest technology and offers the longest and brightest glow available. Colors like Aqua, Blue, and Green are naturally occurring in the rare earth aluminate glow crystals which is why they are the brightest and most commonly used colors.

In addition to these colors, there are also some specialty colors that require additional processes and even more pure/rare elements to produce. We are one of the few glow in the dark suppliers to offer colors like white, neutral red, and neutral orange. Colors like fluorescent orange and red exist and can work great in the right circumstance (a reasonably thick resin casting for example) but they do not work all that well for paints. The reason is that they are using the bright green glow crystal as the base color and then tinting that color with an additional fluorescent pigment.

Given enough thickness (resin, plastic, rubber, etc.) this works pretty well and is a cheaper alternative to the specialty colors. When it comes to paints or thin layers of resin for example, there isn’t enough colored pigment on top of the green glow crystal and so a lot of these fluorescent colors will glow green once they are applied to the surface. True red and true orange in contrast actually produce the desired color directly from the crystal, negating the need for any kind of additional pigment. These colors really look amazing and we are proud to offer some of the best and brightest on the market both in powder and paint form.

“So now I know what mediums I can use your powder in, how about some project and application ideas?”

This is the fun part as there are really limitless possibilities and there will be far more than we can list here. That said, here are some of our (and our customers) favorite uses for our products:

  • Glow In The Dark Canvas Paintings – You may have seen the artist Crisco on social media who uses glow paints for the background of his paintings and then paints over them with non glow paints to create amazing silhouettes of people and animals once the lights go out. Our paints can be used to create the exact same effect or you can paint with glow paint on top of a normal painting instead. Check out our How To Create A Glow In The Dark Canvas Painting blog post for more info on the second method.
  • Resin and Epoxy Projects – This is another customer favorite as it is super simple to do and provides an extremely bright glow due to the volume of glow powder that is used. Just ad one part glow powder to four parts resin/epoxy by weight or volume and pour it into your favorite mold to create glowing jewelry, paperweights, figurines, and more. Check out How To Make A Glow In The Dark Resin Casting.
  • EDM/Rave/Cosplay Costumes and Props – Anywhere that using fluorescent paint makes sense, it makes even more sense to use phosphorescent (glow) paint instead. Fluorescent paints are a lot of fun but require black lights to give off any light at all. Our glow paints will obtain their maximum charge when exposed to the same black lights but will also keep glowing when the lights go off or when you walk from the dance floor into the dimly lit bar. Quite the conversation starter!

    Want to really impress at your next cosplay costume competition? Try some aqua glow paint to make Tony Stark’s arc reactor or a Tron suit. Use green for the green lantern or a Warcraft weapon. All of the anime and manga with glowing elements on the characters outfits are great candidates for our paints and powders.
  • Shoes, Hats, and other clothing – Mix our glow powder with clear fabric paint (sometimes called clear fabric medium) to create unique glowing images on any clothing item you can think of. In fact our glow paints are acrylic based so simply follow the rules for applying acrylic to cloth, leather, vinyl, metal, etc. and you’ll have a long lasting embellishment that is guaranteed to get peoples attention.
  • Ceiling and Wall Murals – Our products are commonly used to create space and fantasy scenes on ceilings and walls. Most of our paints go on nearly invisible for the first few coats so your apparently normal ceiling can turn into a window into space at night. Stars, galaxies, comets, planets, moons, fireflies, and more can be created with our wide variety of paints and powders.
  • Commercial Uses – Glow powder is often used in exit signs, emergency lighting, clothing, watches, sporting goods, fishing tackle, novelties, luminous textiles, stickers, toys, consumer electronics products and more.
    Our pigment can be mixed with transparent resins & binders such as acrylic, PU, amino, and poly acylamonia resins, glues, silicone, caulking, paraffin, PE, PP, ABS, and PVC plastics, plastic masterbatch pellets, glass, and more.
  • Everything Else! – The sky is the limit so get creative and let us know if you have another application for our products. We also love receiving pictures from our customers and then sharing them on our Instagram and Facebook pages!

Got a question or comment? Leave it below or email us at info@artnglow.com.


  • Kathy at Art 'N Glow

    Hi Abby,
    Our glow powders are encapsulated and not water soluble, so they will settle to the bottom of your container when mixed with water.  We would be happy to help you try to think of some other ways to use the glow powders for your project if you would like to reach out to us at info@artnglow.com.

  • Abby

    Can this glow powder work after being mixed with water and then boiled? I’m trying to create a glowing sensory play base, but it needs heating for around 5-10 min (before cooling).

  • Kathy at Art 'N Glow

    Hello Kris,
    When mixing our glow powders in clear epoxy resin, the daytime color would be off-white with our neutral glow powders. Our fluorescent glow powders are colorful in the light, fluoresce (reflect UV light), and glow in the dark after being charged with a UV light source :)

  • kris

    Curious, does this change the color of an epoxy resin? Would like a clear color that will glow in the dark, and not ruin the original color of the product in the day

  • Kathy at Art 'N Glow

    Hello Hanna,

    We would not recommend using this product in your hair, as it is not certified safe for cosmetic use. This pigment is most commonly used in a wide variety of clear/transparent crafting and art mediums.

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