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Dave Waugh: Holy Diver… Or How To Fuck Up A Painting And Attempt To Fix It


By Dave Waugh
So I received a lot of positive feedback on my recent Dio flash sheet, so I was inspired to do another Dio-esque piece, and this time it was for a trade…

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Now above is what I considered (at first) to be the finished product, but the more I looked at it the more I disliked it. It was just kinda boring, and way, way too “bright and shiny” looking. I had envisioned it to have a slightly more antique look to it, so I went out and picked up some “antique-ing” spray. Mistake #1.

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What I purchased was a 2-part spray; the first spray lays down a base coat for the second spray to adhere to, which forms a type of crackled (clear) top coat giving it a more vintage look. I suppose I didn’t shake the can up enough or something, because what it ended up doing was coating the entire face of the painting solid WHITE. Great. Now what the fuck do I do?

At this point I had nothing to lose, so I doused a paper towel with alcohol and began wiping it to see what would happen. Then after I took sandpaper to it (out of sheer frustration) I began to notice something. It was inadvertently making the effect I was going for to begin with.

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So now that the whole “too bright and shiny” look was gone, I took my acrylics out again and did another under-paint coat. Then I busted out the liquid acrylics to do some fine tuning… and it actually started to look good again.

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Once I got it looking acceptable, I took sandpaper to it one last time to rough it up some more. Finally, I got the EXACT distressed look I was going for. Add a $15 antique frame, and voila! Ronnie James Dio as the Holy Diver, with the sacred heart in the center (replacing the traditional one) from his Sacred Heart album, and his mascot Murray floating beside him like the Holy Ghost.

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Boy, I sure hope the person I’m trading with likes it…

Dave Waugh is a tattooer and blogger for Tattoo Artist Magazine. Dave can be found at Jinx Proof Tattoo in Washington D.C. and his blog http://davewaugh.wordpress.com/.

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One response

  1. Hailz and both horns up to you, Mr. Waugh! I am a old school metal fan and I love Ronnie James Dio very, vwey, very much, he has had a life-long effect on me. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this painting, and crazy as hell I may sound saying this, I am dead and cold certain that Ronnie was indeed THE Holy Diver and deserves to be made a metal saint. It sounds like I worship Ronnie. Ask my husband: I do. So did I mention that I love this painting??? I love this painting. Honest to Gods, I want a real print of your work. Do you sell prints of it, and if so, how might I obtain one? TY Laurie \m/ ^-^\m/

    August 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM