My matryoshka

10 September 07

I bought some blank russian dolls to paint and can't wait to get started. I wasn't sure what kind of paint to use, but after a bit of discussion on flickr it looks like acrylic and a coat of varnish will be sufficient. Do let me know if you have any tips or insider info for painting on wood! I'm a total newbie at it.

A flickr pal showed me a link to a show at The Wurst gallery where a number of artists customised russian dolls. They're all very cool, but I think my favourite is by Carson Ellis. It looks like she has a nice blog too!

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wow i was actually thinking about purchasing some too!
they would make cuuute little gifts!
where did you buy your dolls?

Faye replied over 12 years ago.

I do know that if you draw your design on the wood with a hard pencil, then put about 3 coats of acrylic matte gel medium (let dry in between) on the wood it creates a layer so that if you mess up you can just wipe off the paint with a wet towel and then you don’t lose your design! I hope that made sense.. haha

Lisa replied over 12 years ago.

This looks like a fab project Kris, I hope it turns out well. :D

Lils replied over 12 years ago.

Oh, wow. The Carson Ellis ones are clearly the best, but the Saiman Chow ones are a ridiculously close second. I didn’t even know you could buy blank nesting dolls! Very cool.

Kim replied over 12 years ago.

I know this is totally not your style, but a celebrity set of matryoshka dolls would be amazing. The littlest one could be Mary-Kate Olsen or Nicole Ritchie! !!!!!!! Ahem.

Gala replied over 12 years ago.

Your photos are just amazing. I know you use a 5D, but what lens is that? These recent posts have been beautiful.

billy budapest replied over 12 years ago.

so cool! i just ordered some, i couldn’t resist. i can’t wait to see what you come up with- i just found your blog today and i love the style of your drawings.

linda p replied over 12 years ago.

[…] still haven’t painted my dolls because I’m indecisive! Maybe I’ll start […]

KRISATOMIC » Lazy sketchbook replied over 12 years ago.

acrylic’s fine. i shared the result on my site so you can check it if you like: http://irtroit.com/2007/09/11/matreshkas/ i’m going to cover them with matte varnish for acrylic.

Irina replied over 12 years ago.

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