One good thing about making art is that it is a simple thing to produce a personal gift for a loved one. Especially if you bear in mind the other person’s preferences or home décor. Over the weekend I prepared some backgrounds ready for some fun doodle paintings – hopefully one or two will be perfect Christmas gifts. I also bought some lovely sturdy frames to show them off.
I have a loved one, who has very similar tastes to my own, and I know that she will appreciate anything I make for her In fact I painted two doodle-ies, one of which was this one:
Acrylic spray painted backgrounds – and boy, I just found out how clogged up Liquitex Spray Paint caps can get. I soaked and scrubbed and soaked and scrubbed until, eventually, they worked again. I now know to take the caps off and put them to soak in hot water immediately after use. Liquitex do sell replacement caps but, y’know, I already bought the paint… where was I?
Yes, so I spray painted over stencils. Coat of clear gesso. Doodled some of those seed heads, coloured with everything within reach; coloured pencils, markers, paint, pastels… oh anything that looked promising. One thing I have discovered with clear gesso is that pens which are usually waterproof become un-waterproof when used on gesso. This can work to your advantage if you know what to expect. However, it can cause a horrible mess if your black doodle ink seeps into your glorious turquoise!