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Glow in the Dark Art

Glow in the Dark Paintings, Original Artwork by Artist Rachael Grad

These two abstract art paintings were made last spring when I was experimenting with phosphorescent paint for the first time. Now that Halloween is approaching, I’m bringing out the Glow in the Dark paint and artwork. 

Shown are two Glow in the Dark Dot Series acrylic paintings on cradled wood panel measuring 8" x 10" x .8".

Happy Halloween: Art that Glows in the Dark!

Halloween is a big deal in my house.  It may be September but my family is already getting ready for Halloween. With Halloween in mind, I’m sharing these recent Glow in the Dark Dot Series Paintings. You can read more about this abstract painting series that I've been creating for several years in this blog post Dot Series Paintings: Color & Meditation.

Happy Halloween Glow in the Dark Art 2019 by Artist Rachael Grad

Last spring around April Fool’s Day, I saw artwork online using glow in the dark art materials. I did some research and found phosphorescent acrylic paint, which glows in the dark under black light.

As my Dot Series paintings are all about color and movement, I thought that phosphorescent acrylic paint would work well in the art series. The thin layers of paint built up over time lends itself well to glow in the dark art! 



Phosphorescent Abstract Dot Series Paintings

Each Dot Series painting requires many layers and painting sessions to complete. Acrylic paint allows me to quickly build up the layers  because of its short drying time.  

Unlike oil paint which can take days to dry, thin acrylic paint layers dry in minutes.   


In daylight these two small paintings have purple, pink, white and yellow brushstrokes. I slowly layered the colors with acrylic paint and glazes in many painting sessions over time. At night or in the dark under black light the paintings have deep purples and glow in the dark brushstrokes in bright white.  

I’m loving how different these artworks look in the dark under black light...


My kids love the glow in the dark artwork. Almost as much as they love celebrating Halloween! Wishing you and your family a fun and Happy Halloween. 

Art that Glows in the Dark, day and night painting by Toronto Artist Rachael Grad