Our friend Dina Haskins is a Rhode Island artist with a ton of talent. (She works really quickly, too. It’s a little disgusting. When she visited my house a couple of years ago, she created – and colored – a self-portrait before the coffee was finished brewing. Before caffeine, I can’t even sit up straight!)
For a recent trip to Arizona, Dina had the brilliant idea to paint her suitcase, and I loved it so much that I asked her to take lots of progress pictures to feature here on wonderstrange, because this is exactly the sort of project that lets us surround ourselves with art all the time – even when we’re in an airport!
To start, Dina chose a cheap, soft-sided burgundy suitcase made of shiny fabric and pleather.
To give herself a base for painting, she did three coats using a 50/50 mixture of gesso and white acrylic paint.
Next, Dina sketched the design on paper:
Because Dina is a superstud, she just re-drew the birds on the suitcase. She has these words of advice for people like me who would rather somehow get the drawings that are on the paper to jump over to the gesso: “You could totally use this method: turn the drawing (or print-out from internet) over, scribble back of paper with soft graphite pencil, lightly tape drawing right side up on the background, and then using a stylus or a sharpened pencil (or even a chopstick), “draw” around the outline of the picture. When you remove the paper you should have a lightly drawn copy of the picture on your background.”
To add color, she used ordinary craft paint in a 2:1 ratio with Gloss Medium and Varnish:
(And by the way, if you’re wondering as you view these photos how Dina painted so flawlessly inside the lines, I will tell you that she redrew the outlines with a sharpie.)
On the other side, she created a sacred heart:
Best of all, Dina traveled from home to Arizona and back again, and the suitcase received nary a scratch. Amazing!
You can find hook up with Dina and her Odd Ducks Studio right here: https://www.facebook.com/DinaHaskins