I tried blue paint first but it was so transparent and I didn't have the patience to see how many coats it would take. Then the paint kept slipping through the stencils or moving around before it dried and messing me up...so finally I used a dry erase marker and drew on with stencil and hand painted. It's not perfect, but I'll take it. I have a small set of 4 I am thinking of doing with red snowflakes for someone, we'll see how that turns out. Wish me luck!