Paint | Postcards & Coasters

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I bought a set of really basic gouache paints and some tiny paintbrushes recently and have been having a lot of fun playing with the bright colours. I found some postcard and coaster sized canvases at a local cheap shop and have spent the last few evenings painting them. I want to send some of the postcard sized canvases through the post (will have to see how they stand up to the rigours of the post!). I also made a set of coasters to give as a gift to my sister in law.

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Postcard number one (sent to a surprise recipient).

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Postcard number two (also sent to a surprise recipient).

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Some other postcards I'm working on.

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Before painting the coasters I traced around a glass to make a centre circle.

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I really enjoyed painting the tiny detail although it did make me think to myself "why does everything creative that I make end up so damn repetitious!?". They took me about an hour each to paint - I impress myself with my patience sometimes (although now I feel like my eyes are permanently crosseyed).

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I am happy with the way the coasters turned out, but I am a little worried that unsealed, they might get ruined easily as gouache is water based. Does anyone have any recommendations for sealing water based paint on canvas? I tried using PVA glue/aquadhere but it made the colours run. I'd be really grateful for any wisdom!

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In their proposed use!

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One of the best things about gouache paints is that once they've dried on your (makeshift in my case) palette you just have to add a little water and you can get them to return to their original consistency. This means a lot less paint wastage.

I think I might have to buy some more little square canvases and make some more coasters - maybe even for myself!