This class was taught by Abby Sandlin at our May 2007 meeting.
Dot Painting: in the footsteps of the native Australians .
- A gourd tile, cleaned and sanded.
- Acrylic paint of different colors
- Stylus (variety of sizes)
- Container with water
- Plastic plate (paint palette)
- Paper towels
- Hair Dryer
- Choose a background color and paint the gourd tile using a large flat brush.
- Two coats will do.
- Let it dry, you can use the hair dryer to hasten the process.
- Transfer an easy symbolic pattern onto your gourd.
- Dot painting is done using the end of the brush (yes, the other end), or the tip of a stylus. Put a very small amount of paint on the palette and dip the tip of the stylus.
- The paint is used as-is, not thinned, otherwise the design might bleed
- Form a dot on the gourd. Start by following the lines of your design, and work on the filling later.
- Always dip the brush again in paint after each dot, this will insure a better consistency in your dots.
- Do not crowd the dots, otherwise the design will not show.
- Play with stylus sizes to create a textural effect.