Lazy Susans are one of my favorite pieces to paint. I have done a number of them over the past couple of years for The Traveling Door. I think what I like about these pieces is the blank smooth canvas and that the round layout is a bit out of the ordinary and challenging in that it needs to make sense from every angle as the turntable moves.
I start out with a plain wood lazy susan. This one is from Ikea.
I sand it to roughen up the wood a bit so the paint will adhere better and then I paint the entire piece with a primer.
I like to use Glidden's Gripper.
After the primer is dry I lay out my design by drawing it on the white primer.
Recently I have started using a woodburning tool on a few of these pieces to give them more dimension and texture. When I do add the burning I finish drawing my design on first and then I burn the lines I have drawn. It works best if I keep my subject matter on the simplistic side. Then, with the design burned into the wood, I go back and fill in the outlines with my painting. It is a bit like coloring in a coloring book. Sometimes I have to go back in and reburn areas that fill in with too much paint and lose their detailing. Occasionally I just go back and go over some of the lines with a black Sharpie to give them more definition.
Depending on the look I am trying to achieve I will either add an antiquing glaze if I want the piece to have a softer aged feel or I will add a gloss poly coat if I am going for a clean crisp shiny look.
This lazy susan with its wine theme got the glaze treatment and then a satin clear coat for protection.
I like how this piece evolved with its patterned backgrounds and wedges of black and white. Usually my best designs are by accident.
So glad you stopped by.
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