Good Grief!!! It definitely shouldn't do that. I've painted a couple, using 2 different ways. The first worked great. I contacted the artist and she sent me some silicone that I could add paint to and it came out wonderful. The 2nd one wasn't so great, but it was my own fault. I used oil base paint and it looked really good at first...unfortunately, I must have rushed the sealing process, because the same thing happen to me. I'm sorry this happened to you after you paid so much. Perhaps the person you bought it from will take it back. (She should!) Good luck with all of this.