I am not the world's best painter, but I do enjoy painting.
That is easy to figure out by all the unfinished paintings in my home.
This is about simple techniques that may be used to add life to your carvings. I am not attempting to teach painting, I simply wish to share what little I know.
Painting with the wrong end of your brush
Dots are made by dipping the wrong end of a paint brush, stylus, and other rounded object into a small puddle of paint.
This example shows two dots made with a large brush and a small stylus.
This example shows the size reduction that occurs as each successive dot is made.
If you require all your dots to be the same size, pick the size you like and make it over and over. If you like dot #3, dip your brush and waste two dots, the next dot will be the size you need. Repeat this process for uniform dots.
Very nice flowers can be made with the same technique, except you are dragging the paint toward the center of the flower.
For a much nicer flower than I made here, rotate your paper to make each petal.
I am sure you have made seagulls at one time or another. These are made using the same drag technique with an arc to the movement.
This is a variation of the same process.
instead of making a dot and lifting the brush, drag the brush until the paint runs out on it's own.
To make the "Star" start four dots at the center and drag the paint out to form the cross.
This "North Star" is started with a single full-size dot in the center, the longest sections are made next. Dip your brush, waste one dot and add four dots to the top. Repeat and add three to each side and five or six on the bottom.
Practice on a surface similar to the one you will be painting. These examples were all produced on butcher paper minus the wax, but if I were painting on bare wood, I would practice on bare wood.
Size may be varied by the size of the brush or stylus used.
When making most designs using repetitive elements such as dots, odd numbers of dots will usually look better than even numbers.
What do I mean by that? For example, the center of a flower will look best with five dots rather than four or six.