Monday, 9 September 2013

‘Waiting for Rain’ Design on Plywood


For some time now, we have been waiting for rain in our region. Lots of people around the country are doing the same thing. So, this week, I thought I’d paint a design that represents what we've all been doing!

The design features raindrops and lines to represent the way water drips down over a surface.

My ‘Waiting for Rain’ design was very simple, and you could use many different combinations of colours. I chose the grey, yellow and natural tones because I felt it fitted the mood of WAITING!!

Firstly I made a couple of templates for the raindrops out of cardboard. This makes the drawing of the raindrops in the design much quicker. I just used the side of an old box for cardboard.

Then I drew in all my raindrops.

Then I painted in the background. I did three different tones (in stripes) in the grey background, just for a little more interest. I mixed the greys myself, starting with a base of the colour Dulux Grid and then slowly adding a bit of white paint.

Then I started painting in my light yellow raindrops. 

The two Dulux yellows  I used were Pale Daffodil and Ogen Melon. 

I didn't paint every raindrop, as the plywood showing through matched perfectly with the natural look that I was going for. I just made sure that the painted raindrops were balanced throughout the whole painting.

Then I used a leftover pot of Dulux Klavier to paint around each raindrop.

The final touch was adding the ‘drip’ lines around the raindrops. I used Dulux Grid for this.

And that was it!!

I’m not sure if I've ever really detailed exactly HOW I hang these plywood panels. I thought I would do that in this post.

You’ll need to purchase some hangers to screw onto the plywood, plus some picture hanging wire. I usually purchase my supplies at Bunnings. As you can see, I keep my picture hanging wire in a nice neat pile. (!)

Hanging these panels is a very easy process. First, you’ll need to add the hangers to the back of the picture. The wood is so soft that the screws go in really easily with just a screwdriver.

Basically you can put them anywhere you like, but I usually put mine more to the top of the painting. I never measure properly when it comes to screwing in the second hanger… I just do it by eye and it always seems to work! 

Then it’s a simple matter of tying on some of the picture hanging wire.

Happy painting and creating this week! And I hope it rains soon!



  1. Ooo I like that!

  2. This is great - do you varnish them and what paint would you recommend..

    1. Thank you Trisha! Glad you like it. I haven't ever varnished any of my plywood paintings as I like the rougher, matt finish. But great idea though! If you give it a try, let me know how it looks!
      As to the paint.... I just use plain old acrylic house paint, either interior or exterior depending on what colour I choose. I usually purchase colours in small sample pots. I find it's quicker to get a painting done if the colours are mostly pre-mixed for me! Good luck with your project!