Basic instructions how to paint your puppet
- Less painting is more.
- You should paint so that the shape of the wood and the carving can still be seen (not like a door!).
- If using water-based paints, combine it with lots of water.
- Do not paint the joints.
- You also do not have to paint parts that are not seen.
- If using water-based paints, combine it with lots of water and keep painting on puppet transparent. Do not paint the joints. You also do not have to paint parts that are not seen.
- Keep drawings and paintings you made on paper next to you.
Possible kinds of paints
- Acrylic - dries quickly and not easily damaged.
- Oil - more transparent, more layers of different colors. Easily damaged, easily sheds.
- Wax - not verz practical for puppets for show.
Seal the wood
- The first step is to seal the wood - this is important even if you are not going to paint the puppet (otherwise the wood will absorb water and its shape will change).
- It also protects the puppet from dirt, etc..
- Make a combination of wood glue and water, and cover the entire puppet with the mixture EXCEPT where the pieces of wood are connected at the joints!
- If you paint the joints, the puppet will not be able to move correctly).
- Wait until the puppet dries before you paint.
Samples how to paint: