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« on: June 15, 2016 05:14:58 AM »

My son has a pineapple tattoo that I want to make into a piece of art for his apartment.  I purchased a white canvas.  I am assuming that I can use pencil to lightly draw the image onto the canvas.  Am I right in that assumption?

After I do that, I would like to use some sort of medium to color in/outline the image.  I would rather use something that has more control to it than a paintbrush.  What could I use?

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2016 09:28:33 AM »

I transfer images that I'm going to paint over with graphite- take any kind of pencil and cover the back of your image copy completely, then lay the image faceup on your canvas and trace over the lines (use a coloured pencil so you can see where you have already traced)  The graphite will transfer right onto the canvas.  Alternatively you can also use carbon copy paper.  The pencil lines get covered up for the most part by your paint, what shows through usually adds to the detail anyway.

In a painting class that I taught awhile ago, we did Van Gogh's Starry night and outlined the main images with a sharpie before painting.  The outlines showed through the paint just fine.  It really is much easier if you aren't used to outlining with a paintbrush and paint.  There are paint markers available as well if you want to go that route-filled with acrylic paint and they come in a variety of tips.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2016 10:58:12 AM »

alteredmommy, thank you so much for your answer!  I actually did that graphite transfer technique sometime in school years ago.   Roll Eyes  I forgot all about it.  And paint pens...another supply for me to purchase and collect!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2016 11:09:32 AM »

I'm all about adding to the art stash Cheesy  Good luck with your painting, be sure to post when you're done!
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