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Dots, Dots, Dots!
This elephant is inspired by beautiful Oaxacan wood animal carvings. Here’s how to do it:

Posted by Carla Sonheim from Seattle, Washington, United States • Published See Carla Sonheim's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a mixed media. Oaxacan Dotted Elephant - Step 1
    Step 1

    Doodle some scribbly elephants in your sketchbook. Pick the one you like best, and scan into the computer. Enlarge to fit nicely on an 8″x10″ paper; print (I printed on 140# Fabriano hot press watrcolor paper, but any paper will work).

  • How to make a mixed media. Oaxacan Dotted Elephant - Step 2
    Step 2

    With a black permanent marker, draw in curvy lines around the existing lines. Think "thick & thin." Fill in the thicker areas.

  • How to make a mixed media. Oaxacan Dotted Elephant - Step 3
    Step 3

    Paint a light layer of watercolor, using several colors.

  • How to make a mixed media. Oaxacan Dotted Elephant - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using markers and colored pencils, color in your elephant with lines, dots and patterns until you are pleased.

  • How to make a mixed media. Oaxacan Dotted Elephant - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here is a detail.

  • How to make a mixed media. Oaxacan Dotted Elephant - Step 6
    Step 6

    Finish with a white paint pen. Add dots along the black lines, and any other place you feel needs a little white. (Note: This project first appeared in my book "Drawing & Painting Imaginary Animals."

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