Dot-art technique without the use of dots

Difficulty: medium
Materials:  wood blank , wood putty , acrylic primer , acrylic contours , pencil , compasses , ruler , acrylic paints and varnish , white pencil , palette , awl , sandpaper , sushi sticks
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Dot-art is one of the varieties of dot painting that has recently gained wide popularity. Large, voluminous dots-peas, woven into openwork patterns of mandalas, amaze with their beauty, geometrically verified pattern, harmonious color transitions.

As a rule, in such a painting, to obtain the effect of relief and bulge of a point, special metal “brushes” are used – dots.

Dots are special tools for drawing dots of various diameters. They are a metal rod with a ball at the end. Widely used in nail design, but also widely used in other types of decorative art.

However, what to do if dots are not at hand, and the purchase of expensive special wide rods (for applying especially large dots) is expensive?

My master class on how to create an original dot-art panel without using dots, but using simple handy tools that almost every craftsman can find.

For work we need:

1. Wooden blank.
2. Acrylic primer (preferably black), putty, sandpaper.
3. Decola black acrylic paint.
4. Decola metallic acrylic paints (gold leaf, Aztec gold, copper, bronze).
6. Decola acrylic contours: gold, copper, bronze.
7. Acrylic glossy lacquer Decola.
8. Palette.
9. Wide brush.
10. White universal pencil (for wood, glass, metal).
11. Ruler, protractor, compass.
12. For applying dots: a pencil with a smooth rounded tip, sushi sticks, souvlaki skewers, a contour spout, etc.
13. Thin awl or needle.

A wooden blank must be prepared for painting. Grinding with sandpaper, putty, primer are necessary operations when working with wood.

Now with a wide brush you can apply the main color – background: black. I use Decola acrylic art paint.

Mark with a white universal pencil. It is very important to maintain accuracy here. Pay special attention to this step. Circles (photo 4) I draw with a compass in random order.

We start painting from the center. So far, in the painting we use the usual contours.

In each subsequent row, we squeeze out larger dots, placing them in a checkerboard pattern.

We use the method of smooth “flow” of sizes: from larger to smaller and vice versa.

Until now, we have used only contours in painting: bronze and gold Decola. We have come to the most interesting part: applying large, voluminous dots!

Here are my helpers! The photo shows: a pencil with a smooth, slightly convex tip, a plastic chisel stick (from the Young Archaeologist children’s set), a wooden sushi stick, a souvlaki skewer stick, the contour itself (we are interested in a nozzle cap with a long spout) .

Each “tool” has its own specific diameter. This is just what we need to draw dots of different sizes.

So, let’s begin! We dip the plastic stick with the flat end into acrylic paint (gold leaf, Decola) and carefully put medium-sized dots. It is not difficult, however, I advise beginners to practice on some surface.

PS If you do not have such a “tool”, you can use a thin pencil or the wooden tip of a sushi stick (wide end).

With a chopstick for sushi, we put dots a little smaller.

Please note that if you use a wider end, the dots are larger (almost the same size as the first ones applied with a red plastic stick).

My favorite tool is a pencil! We generously dip the flat part of the pencil into the paint (Aztec gold color, Decola) and put a beautiful, bold pea dot!

To get good dots, it is better to immerse the pencil in the jar of paint itself.

With a souvlaki stick, small, neat, raised dots are obtained. Here I used the same shade (Aztec gold).

Actually, here is the intermediate result of our labors. I repeat, a drawing, a pattern is born in the process of work. Dots-peas are drawn in random order.

Now you need to arrange each large “pea” beautifully. We return to the contours again and outline the large dots with small dots, using a smooth transition in size, from larger to smaller.

The resulting empty black areas are filled with dot painting patterns, also using our contours (bronze, gold, copper). You can pre-mark with a white pencil.

We alternate painting with contours and “pseudo-dots”, that is, our “tools” – sticks for applying large dots.

Intermediate result:

Further, I think, there is no need to dwell on each stage in detail. You can show your imagination and finish the work somehow in your own way. It is very interesting to come up with patterns, like this spontaneously. Filling the voids, I drew dots with contours.

You can pull the points into long graceful drops using a needle or a thin awl. Many masters use the sharp part of the compass for this.

Those places that I still decided to leave black, we also decorate with glossy dots (black outline, Decola).

An important point. In the course of filling the space with a pattern, we gradually remove our white markup, using a cotton swab dipped in glass cleaner. If the lines do not erase well, you can carefully paint over them with acrylic black paint in some places.

Our panel is almost ready. There was a small nuance.

To make the painting look richer and more voluminous, we put a smaller dot (and, accordingly, a different color) in each large pea dot. The plastic tip from the contour is a great tool for this!

We fix the painting with Decola acrylic glossy varnish. Since I love functional things, I came up with the idea of ​​​​screwing metal hooks to the panel.

It turned out to be a very elegant and beautiful key holder (or holder for beads and chains)!

I called my work “Awakening of the Sun”, so that it, like a real luminary, radiated bright positive energy and goodness. After all, the Sun is a great Power, thanks to which all living things exist!

Thank you for your attention! Put likes, write comments, share your secrets of using “magic” tools. I will be glad!


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