Good afternoon Souls
Recently I have made 10 bamboo plates for the First Communion of my nephew. Usually I paint on cotton canvas, I am not a big fan of wood surface for painting. I have decided to try these bamboo plates because is a beautiful gift for relatives and friends , especially with a plate stand that will turn into a beautiful decoration idea and an amazing way to add some colour to your room.
Everything begins with a bamboo plate diameter 30 cm. First step and the most important is to apply 3-4 coats of Gesso.
Gesso is an important art supply to get your surface ready for painting. Gesso makes the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. Without gesso, the paint would soak into the wood and also the dots will lose its volume and this is not the effect that I desire :)
Mandala Time... All the mandalas bamboo plates were drawing intuitively. Dot process :) ...
I don't use brush to make the dots, because the brush doesn't hold enough acrylic paint to give a nice volume to the dot after it dries . The best for me is to use a henna cone that I make myself. I prepare each colour separately , each hue, and sometimes 2-3 different acrylic mixture consistency.
All the rest is imagination, intuition and intention.
Below you'll find a time-lapse video of one of my bamboo plates.
All the plates you can find in the Gallery . Follow me on Facebook , Instagram, G+ to find more about the process of the Dot Art Mandala.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.