I'm not sure if this topic belongs in this forum but I guess I'll go for it
I've had my viola for a few years now and as pretty as it is, I managed to put a few ugly scratches on it,
(by accident of course). there aren't that many but they're kind of obvious. To me, anyway.
I like to consider myself an artist, particularly skilled in swirly doodle looking stuff, and I was curious if it would be safe to use acrylic to paint swirly doodles on my viola. I've read several articles regarding painting on the bodies, so I'm definitely aware of the effects heavy painting has on the wood and the sound quality of the instrument. However, I don't intend to cover the entire instrument in paint like the authors of the forums and articles I have previously read, I just want to do some extremely simple and light designs that are just dark enough to cover the scratches, which are mainly in one main area on my instrument. The color would be similar to that of the instrument: a reddish brown color. Nothing fancy.
I was wondering if it would be too damaging to the wood or affect the sound greatly. If so, are there any safer alternatives?