BLACKLIGHT PAINTING
miniature golf – black light
This time I’m guiding you to dark rooms where miniature golf is played. The rooms are shaded and you can only see the colorful paintings with shining miniature golf elements and paths.
Initially, movement in such a room is surprising, but the perception changes and after a while you start seeing sharp lines and everything comes to an equilibrium.
First you feel uncertain in such rooms until you get used to the strong change in colors. The paintings shine strongly in the UV light and can be observed very precisely.

The UV reflection of the stain produces a special depth in the painting and creates many details.
The aim of paintings in miniature golf is to produce an illusory reality. The rooms are intended to create the impression of standing in open terrain. Different painting motives build up a certain atmosphere, e.g. as if you were under water. You can almost smell the moisture and feel the movement of the fish in water.
The next room is in space and the following room inholds the most beautiful architecture in the world!
All these features are intended to capture our attention and to imagine a world journey.
Add a few playful elements and you already have a room full of events.
The black light mural painting is painted in a very special way. The brightness of the colors can be improved with acrylic colors for more realistic effects.
When you apply the fluorescent colors on a black background they’re almost invisible. That’s why I brighten up the lightest parts of the painting on the black background with normal acrylic colors. This means that I have to prepare the background to accomplish the desired effect. After this, I apply the UV-color for a second time.
On the other hand, sometimes I paint on white ground because this is how you achieve the maximal luminance of the UV colors. Unfortunately, the UV colors cause problems, too. The darkest parts of the painting seem to be very bright. We lose the contrast in the paintings. Sometimes it’s easier to ground everything with black color and to start again than to further strenghten the contrast in the murals.
The UV active colors are very sensitive. Sometimes you just have to touch them with a wet finger and you already have a mark. The surface that has been touched won’t shine as bright as before anymore. The touch changes the surface, pressure creates even brighter marks. The color has been partly damaged because the applied finger pressure easily diminishes the sprayed elements.
The same applies to spilled drinks on the walls. Cola, lemonade or coffee change the upper surface of the painting and you can see all the marks.
These marks should be easily washable. Many guests leave foot prints on the walls.
A poor and uncareful treatment can cause dark areas up to 40 cm above the floor. That’s why it is important to glaze the finished mural to protect the colors.
I have already had many discussions that I wouldn’t start painting without a final lamp construction and the proper position of it because the wrong illumination causes many problems while painting and slows down the fabrication.
Unfortunately, this often can’t be arranged because there’s a lack of time. Due the provisory light position I can’t manage to apply the colors on time and in the end, I have to work the whole painting over.
To improve the speed I start painting all paintings at the same time. First, I prime them and then I start with the rough painting. When the whole room is drafted I start with the second step and add details. I fill in the continuous tone.
I spray the stain everywhere where I want to have the same color. Later I change the stain in the airbrush tank and repeat the procedure with another color for three times. I need yellow, red and blue for the rough nuances of the motives. In this way, I save a lot of time and thus I can finish my work on time.
In the third step, I apply the intricacies with the airbrush with its many small sprays. Finally, I add contrast to the picture with small brush lines.
What sprayer to use?
I prefer normal airbrushes. Unfortunately, you need a compressor for them. There are situations in which I can’t use them because they are too loud. That’s why I’m starting to use Wagner airbrushes. They aren’t as heavy as normal airbrushes and can be carried around easily.
For acutenesses, I sometimes use plotted templates made of plastic sheets. Thus, I can duplicate many of the same small elements in a short time. Small geometric lights on motives improve the whole visual appearance and can easily be primed. I prepare the templates at home before I start painting.
Adhesive tape speeds up my work significantly. Without it I can’t create sharp edges because of the large-scale area that the airbrush uses. You just have to be careful not to detract the color underneath. This can happen easily when you stick the tape and fix it with firm finger pressure. In order to prevent this to happen, I tear the tape away immediately after the spraying. This way, the tape is still wet and can be removed easily.
These were the most important notes on mural painting form a technical point of view.
Painting itself is quite complicated and every kind of painting develops its own techniques.
I myself hurry up while painting because I usually don’t have much time to finish my project. Unfortunatelly, this causes a loss of fineness and originality. Especially, when I only have 2 days left before the property will be opened and I still have 50 m² to paint. These are the times when I paint mechanically without thinking.  
Comparing to other painting techniques blacklight painting is very different. There are no traditional color gamots where you work with the full contrast. With UV colors you only work with lights, the brightest parts of a picture. There are no darkest parts. It is very difficult to add them afterwards because the UV color reacts on the smallest influences. Slightly applied acrylic color on UV colors can create very dark holes where you don’t want them. This technique is comparable to chalk drawing on black ground in school. You can only draw white letters. The darkest part is the color of the background.
Blacklight minigolf is a very special game in the dark in which the guests play like actors in a blacklight theater.
It is an active form of looking at mural painting. 4 different motives that have been painted in 4 weeks by me are: “outer space”, “wonders of the world”, “under water”, and “dinosaurs”.
The painted area has to be covered with a special varnish in order to give the blacklight pictures a silk mat surface. The varnish improves the colors.
Blacklight painting is an especially difficult kind of painting because you have to paint detailed and realistic motives although you have strict limits due to the UV color.
I have developed a complicated style of color mixture that is based on different sorts of colors.
Blacklight painting doesn’t like paintbrushes. The bright colors are easier to be sprayed on with an airbrush than with a paintbrush. The painted surface will always look unsteady and create an undesired vibration, even with the best paintbrush.
UV colors are very durable, they will shine as brightly as at the beginning for many years. If not, it is possible to fix another black light lamp on the ceiling.
While painting I pour the content of the color bottle on a plastic film and mix it there first.
For special motives like green trees I have a special technique: I dip two parts of the paintbrush in two different colors and mix the colors directly on the wall.
I myself hurry up while painting because I usually don’t have much time to finish my project. Unfortunatelly, this causes a loss of fineness and originality. Especially, when I only have 2 days left before the property will be opened and I still have 50 m² to paint. These are the times when I paint mechanically without thinking.  
Comparing to other painting techniques blacklight painting is very different. There are no traditional color gamots where you work with the full contrast. With UV colors you only work with lights, the brightest parts of a picture. There are no darkest parts. It is very difficult to add them afterwards because the UV color reacts on the smallest influences. Slightly applied acrylic color on UV colors can create very dark holes where you don’t want them. This technique is comparable to chalk drawing on black ground in school. You can only draw white letters. The darkest part is the color of the background.
Blacklight minigolf is a very special game in the dark in which the guests play like actors in a blacklight theater.
It is an active form of looking at mural painting. 4 different motives that have been painted in 4 weeks by me are: “outer space”, “wonders of the world”, “under water”, and “dinosaurs”.
The painted area has to be covered with a special varnish in order to give the blacklight pictures a silk mat surface. The varnish improves the colors.
Blacklight painting is an especially difficult kind of painting because you have to paint detailed and realistic motives although you have strict limits due to the UV color.
I have developed a complicated style of color mixture that is based on different sorts of colors.
Blacklight painting doesn’t like paintbrushes. The bright colors are easier to be sprayed on with an airbrush than with a paintbrush. The painted surface will always look unsteady and create an undesired vibration, even with the best paintbrush.
UV colors are very durable, they will shine as brightly as at the beginning for many years. If not, it is possible to fix another black light lamp on the ceiling.
While painting I pour the content of the color bottle on a plastic film and mix it there first.
For special motives like green trees I have a special technique: I dip two parts of the paintbrush in two different colors and mix the colors directly on the wall.