Animal Art & Exploring New Painting Surfaces

by - May 16, 2017

 New animal art!  Giraffe painting on wood: acrylic, sharpie, paper and charcoal.  This painting is nowhere near what I thought it would look like in the end.  But I'm very happy with how it turned out!  I like to find different substrates to paint on verses only using canvas.  Always fun to mix it up!  Wood is a nice option.  I like the sturdiness and variety of texture wood has to offer.  This particular piece of wood is smooth in texture which I think works nice with this giraffe/mountain painting.  Another great thing about wood...the price is right!  I'm now on the hunt for some recycled materials to paint my next creature.  In the past, I turned an old board game into a painting.  There are no rules, people!

This owl drawing was done with graphite on paper.  This lil hooter still needs more shading and then I want to cut/paste it on wood.  I'd like to add some color to the piece too once it's on the wood.  I'm deciding between adding color just on the background or adding bits of color on the owl itself.  We shall see!

If you're looking for something besides canvas to use, get creative and don't be afraid to try something different!  Any slab of wood will do, fabric, recycled paper or even unstretched canvas (which is a lot more affordable than stretched canvas).  You can buy yards of unstretched, unprimed canvas and cut it to whatever size your heart desires.  Check out Blick's unstretched canvas.  I love this site and their cotton canvas will give you so much to work with (for less than 30 bucks!)

What are you painting on these days?  Let us know!  We'd love to hear about what you're working on!

Cheers and happy making. :)
-EH

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