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All You Need Is A Flat Surface

I will letter on pretty much anything. My arm, a book, a wall, on wood, you name it.

Several years ago, we had a Eucalyptus tree that shed its bark. It had a beautiful surface and the color was amazing. I went to town with a pen, and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Fast forward to where we live now, and what do you know? We have a massive Eucalyptus tree in our front yard. My husband hates when it sheds and I agree-it's a hot mess.

But if you take a little bit of a closer look, it's quite lovely!



Why waste a perfectly good writing surface?

I got out a Posca Paint Pen and a small brush and some Golden High Flow Acrylic paint and was back at it!





I adore this quote. I do not have tattoos, but IF I were ever inspired, this might be the one I would do in a permanent place.

For now, I will be content to hang it on a wall. Or two.




My other favorite thing to do is to add a bird feather here and there.

The High flow paint I used here is Indigo. I put the feather on with a drop of Gel Medium.




This one wasn't my best, but I like to show that part as well. Lord knows no one is perfect and a lot of art is trial and error.




In case you ever decide to write on Eucalyptus bark, a few things to watch out for:


Sometimes the bark takes on a different direction when you least expect it.

Your paint pen will splatter if you go too fast. Even if you don't go too fast.

Thicker lines help hide imperfections.

Adding small dots helps the splatters look like they are supposed to be there.

Kinda, who cares? Because it's for yourself and you can enjoy it, splatters and wonky word wanderings included!




What is the most creative surface you have written on? I would love to know!!


Blessings,

Lynn

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Lynn Richards Art

Summit House Art Studio
Redlands, California