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If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint
This method is another way of expanding your doodles, by copying them without using a printer or copy machine. We will be using the physical coordination of the left and right hands, echoing their movements. Your non-dominant hand is on the doodle, and your dominant hand holds a marker to “copy” the image onto the painting surface. This creates a new image from the guidelines that already exist in your doodle. To preserve the feeling of making marks on paper, we will glue rice paper to a wood panel. The rice paper absorbs the acrylic paints and translates to a softer look and feel.

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  • How to make a drawing. Copy Yourself:
Hand Eye Coordination - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get Started
    Select a larger doodle image that you want to duplicate, about 5" (13 cm) across.

  • How to make a drawing. Copy Yourself:
Hand Eye Coordination - Step 2
    Step 2

    Apply gesso to the wood panel if it has not already been gessoed. Let it dry and then glue down the rice paper. I use gel medium, which works like glue, to attach the rice paper. Lay the paper onto the surface and then apply the medium to the top of the rice paper, spreading it out from the center for less wrinkling. The medium will completely saturate the paper and adhere it to the surface. Let dry.

  • How to make a drawing. Copy Yourself:
Hand Eye Coordination - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trace the doodle with the pointer finger of your non-dominant hand, and with your dominant hand, use a marker to simultaneously recreate the image on the rice paper.

  • How to make a drawing. Copy Yourself:
Hand Eye Coordination - Step 4
    Step 4

    Taking It Further
    Now color in your doodle with acrylic paints. If you would like, you can create a test color palette in advance. Get inspiration for your color scheme from another painting, from fashion or décor magazines, or choose your favorite combinations. For depth, 
be sure to use both light and dark colors. If you would like, incorporate some comple-
mentary colors (blue and orange, red and green, or yellow and purple) for contrast 
and liveliness.

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