It is true that custom cut outs can be made out of almost any image, but how hard are they to paint? The answer to this is that they are quite easy to paint if you use the correct paint on them. With a little practice you can attain amazing results!
Your local craft store carries quite an extensive array of paint that will work on your cut outs. The small bottles work quite well for both using and storage later. The smaller size bottles take up less space than bigger cumbersome bottles.
Paint is available in many colors and can coordinate with your theme colors. Cut outs can be painted all one color or as much detail as you would like to put on your cut out. The paint can be brushed on with paint such as that shown above.
If you would like to spray paint your color on your cut out that is a little more tricky. The polystyrene, (as defined by Wikipedia) that the cut out is made from does not like spray paint and if not spray painted correctly will be eaten up by the paint. To use a spray paint the cut out must first be sealer with a sealer that may also be purchased at your local craft shop. Once it is sealed it can be spray painted as long as the spray does not get concentrated in one place for too long.
If your cut out is made from traditional Styrofoam it can be spray painted without sealing it first. The video below shows how to paint your Styrofoam cut out. Only one brand of spray paint will work on Styrofoam. Your local craft store hopefully carries the brand Design Master that works well on Styrofoam. The secret is to keep the spray moving and do not stop in one place or even though it is Styrofoam friendly it will begin to eat the Styrofoam. Spray painting is definitely quicker than brushing the paint on by hand by definitely smellier so make sure to spray your cut out outside.