Painting a Record

Today I thought I would share a little project that I worked on during this week! We have a lot of old records at our house, so I thought it would be fun to do a little painting on one! For this project the materials that I used were gesso, oil paints, and a variety of paintbrushes. Here are the steps that I took while working on this project.

The first thing that I did was take the record that I was planning on using, and coat it with a layer of gesso. This created a nice bottom layer that made the surface easier to paint on. Using gesso can also make paintings look more vibrant.

I then took a pencil and drew a rough sketch of what I was going to paint.

Next I began to lay down my base layer of colors. At this point I was just painting a large areas of colors which served as a guide for when I decided to add in my final details.

After I was done blocking in my colors I began to add some more details to my trees using a lighter color.

After completing the previous step, I waited a day to work on my project again due to the fact that I was using oil paints which can take a little while to dry. After waiting a day, my first layer of oil paints weren’t completely dry, but I personally like only having the paint half-dried when I do my second layer because it helps the paint keep its ability to blend nicely.

For my next step I began to add more details with even lighter colors. I put the lightest colors on the sides of the trees that were closest to the sun. In this step I also began to paint in the grass at the bottom as well.

To finish this project off I added a lighter color to the tops of my tree by using a nice fluffy brush, and finished off my grass on the bottom. I also added another layer to my colors in the background.

As of right now my project is still drying, but when it finally dries I’ll add a layer of Mod Podge in order to preserve its colors and to make the painting last as long as possible. Overall i’m very happy with how this turned out, and I thought that it was a very fun and quick project to do! I’ll definitely be doing more of these paintings in the future!

Here are some records that me and my sister have painted in the past!

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