Fluorescent Paintings

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by hookemsccr, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. hookemsccr macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    I'm in the process of proposing an idea for a conference later this year to my boss. The idea is during a song, on the back of the stage and person is painting. The painting is very easily made out to be a certain object, scene, landscape, etc. At the end of the set however, lights go down and UV lights turn dimly on, to reveal the painting as something entirely different. Now I understand that this can be done by mixing invisible fluorescent dye with the paint and when exposed to long wave lights (UV) the colors of the fluorescent dyes glow instead of the normal painting. I need however, a proof of concept of course to propose this. He wants visual evidence that this is possible.

    Has anyone seen this done?

    Any links to videos/photos?

    Any tips on the idea?

    Thank you for your help. And yes I have already searched for this, but no luck.
  2. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    Do you mean like having a different image pop out under a black light?
  3. hookemsccr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Yes. I suppose thats the easy way to put it. And I don't mean the phosphurescent (sp?) green on everything. Actually glow-in-the-dark colors I guess you could say.
  4. jasone6 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    I can tell you this: If you're using a blacklight, you can paint with liquid laundry detergent. Condensed (i.e. in a cup) it looks blue, but when painted, it's more likely totally clear. It's very reactive to blacklights (turns bright blue). I hope that helps!

  5. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Something like this? (examples from Clearneon)

    Blacklight off...


    Blacklight on...


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