Showing posts with label raindrops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label raindrops. Show all posts

Monday, 9 September 2013

‘Waiting for Rain’ Design on Plywood

Artwork:


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!

Emma