Another painted guitar : Les Paul “Journey”

I was fascinated by painting on wood that I have experienced on the previous   body  guitar Telecaster "Red Baron" in maple. I painted another body, this time of a Gibson Les Paul in mahogany, with a subject of my own invention titled "Journey". I know this is not a lesson to be proposed at school, but who knows if it can serve as a starting point for some creative project such as design and … [Read more...]

A shared experience in Omaha, Nebraska

Yesterday, I was delighted to receive a lovely email from Cynthia Vana, a Library Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She led a workshop at the Florence Branch of Omaha Public Library where the participants used white oil pastels and acrylic paint to create African patterns on brown craft paper. Her workshop, part of a February program series celebrating African American Heritage Month in the … [Read more...]

Painting the Mona Lisa

In the painting competition of 3rd February 2013, organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Bristol, children between 6 and 11 years have ventured into the copy of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and it was very interesting to watch the interpretation that every child gave of his own Mona Lisa! … [Read more...]

Names on small canvases

On small canvases measuring 7x7cm, we painted some names with acrylic colours to make little square  paintings to give to friends. This is a good exercise to learn how to use brushes on small size, to invent new textures and to find color combinations enjoyable and effective. It can also be useful to work on complementary colors, because to make a word visible on a colored background, you have to … [Read more...]

Australian Coffee

Inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art these cups of coffee reproduce some typical australian patterns and colours. We used oil pastels on wrapping paper for the drawings and patterns, then we colored with tempera colors using warm-earth colours. In the end we completed the paintings with the characteristic white dots, printing the color white with the bottom of a pencil. … [Read more...]

A special guitar

I’m painting a guitar body of a Telecaster for my husband, inspired to a famous guitar decorated by Sara Ray. It’s a very interesting experience that reminds me my job in the restoration of ancient paintings. I’ve trying to paint it with special watercolors for woods, proceeding with transparent layers of color overlaid. The smooth surface of wood with its veining in evidence, is so … [Read more...]

Printing with Packaging Foam Chips

In a parcel sent to my home I found these polystyrene-foam packaging chips and I thought how to use them, instead of throwing them away! You can use them as a stamp to print flower petals, and here is our flowery meadow! You can use tempera or acrylic painting. First you paint a simple background in solid colors, then you print the flowers whit other bright colors. At the end you can draw the … [Read more...]

Italian Moka!!

With the class 1B (grade 6 and 7) I repeated the exercise of the previous lesson about textures painted with tempera colours “a cup of fantasy”. I only changed the subject of the painting with an Italian Moka instead of a cup! So we now have the moka, the cup and the coffee! paint the background with plain colours when the surface is dry, add the texture … [Read more...]

Silhouette on colorful gradation

Student of grade 9 (class 3B),  learned to use acrylic colours, mixing them to get colour gradations. Then they painted a black silhouette on the colorful background. The effect is very bright! … [Read more...]

A cup of fantasy!

Funny cups painted with tempera!  This is a good exercise to learn how many textures you can paint with tempera colours, and how many ways there are to use use a paintbrush. Enjoy! paint the background with plain colours when the surface is dry, add the texture create your own texture! use at least two colors for … [Read more...]