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Updated: Apr 19, 2018

No not that kind of skin....

I'm finally getting round to starting my painted drumskin project which has been on the back burner for a while now. I have so many used skins around the house now, it makes sense to recycle them for art while I get to combine and be creative with the two things I love. I will be showing the first series at my next show which will be on the 5th April at Flaxon Ptootch, London with Gurdish Haugsdal and Heather Morris.

Now....what's the best way to varnish it?

I'm using both Posca and Molotow acrylic paint pens on this skin. (They provide great coverage on lots of surfaces.) Drum skins are made from Polyester and have a plastic-like texture when drawing on them which is a bit different to drawing on paper or wood (my usual mounts) but I haven't come across any issues yet using these pens.

I thought about priming the skins first to provide a uniform base colour but actually the stick marks showing through give the skin life and history. Perhaps most of them will be covered by the time I'm finished but at least some will still be visible.

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