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deepeepee
08-17-2010, 04:01 AM
After painting the " Who - Kulele" My daughter and I have started another, except this one is going on e bay. After much deliberation we decided to make it a 60s Love and peace theme, bright, colourful and generally fun. I have attached a few pics of the work as it has developed. We have started on the back of the Uke this time, the front will be made up of various relevant symbols from the era.

Swampy Steve
08-17-2010, 04:23 AM
Nice!! My wife has painted a few, I always on the lookout for a cheapo that she can paint. I wish I could do what yall can do.
Great painting
Steve

ricksan66
08-17-2010, 04:35 AM
This is so neat! Keep at it.

Hippie Dribble
08-17-2010, 10:43 AM
That is awesome!!!!! You are in no way allowed to put that on ebay. You must sell it to me.!!!!!

tumnusLOVE
08-17-2010, 10:44 AM
That is beautiful. You are so talented. I'm in love with it. I want you to paint my uke!

Nelson-Fritata
08-17-2010, 11:01 AM
This is awesome! Makes me wanna paint my redwood, and i've got no painting skills whatsoever! :D

sukie
08-17-2010, 11:32 AM
Love it! Good luck with your venture.

Pete Beardsley
08-17-2010, 11:34 AM
Ukes and Dubs. Does it get any better?

Really nice work there, wish I had even a tenth of that talent. :cool:

bt93
08-17-2010, 12:34 PM
do you spray it with something to keep the painting from wearing off or smearing?

Scarecrow
08-17-2010, 12:40 PM
What kind of paint do you use?

deepeepee
08-17-2010, 12:41 PM
The first one I painted " the Who- Kulele " see the other thread ( http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?34247-My-quot-Who-Uklele-quot&highlight=who-kulele ) ....was painted with enamels, this is obvioulsy very hard wearing but cannot be lacquered as the enamel paint would melt so I varnished it with ultra tough varnish. This one I am painting with Acrylics, again tough paint but the biggest benefits are that the pigments are strong and that I can use a clear spray acrylic lacquer to protect it, when cured this can be polished to a very high sheen.

jacothedog
08-17-2010, 01:02 PM
Very cool - makes me want to get one painted!

deepeepee
08-20-2010, 03:21 AM
An update on the Peace & Love Uke. I think the colours are really going to pop when this is glossed.

mailman
08-20-2010, 06:00 AM
If your intent is to sell the Peace & Love uke, I have a suggestion for you.

Listing the uke for sale here on UU, and of course on eBay, are good ideas. But listing it for sale on www.thesamba.com, a Volkswagen enthusiast website, would generate tons of interest. They have their own version of our Ukulele Marketplace....

deepeepee
08-20-2010, 07:10 AM
If your intent is to sell the Peace & Love uke, I have a suggestion for you.

Listing the uke for sale here on UU, and of course on eBay, are good ideas. But listing it for sale on www.thesamba.com, a Volkswagen enthusiast website, would generate tons of interest. They have their own version of our Ukulele Marketplace....

I am going to be selling the Uke thanks for the tip.

mm stan
08-20-2010, 07:19 AM
Aloha DeePeepee,
Awesome job.....looks like the old flower power days...he he...
did you use enamels....they look great and durable....
Thanks for sharing.....MM Stan...

deepeepee
08-20-2010, 07:38 AM
I am using acrylics on this one, I used enamels on the Who-Kulele, the problem with the enamels is gloss coating them....they do not like spray lacquer, the paint bubbles and cracks so I had to varnish it. Acrylics, on the other hand, will accept an acrylic lacquer so it will be a lot easier to build up a nice smooth even finish, with no yellowing. I will leave the gloss a few weeks then cut it back to a nice high gloss finish.

Keef
08-20-2010, 09:31 AM
Im very impressed would you like to paint one for me?

farmerboy
08-20-2010, 10:22 AM
me too please!

Ukuleleblues
08-20-2010, 10:57 AM
Nice job, a hippie uke!!

deepeepee
08-20-2010, 11:43 AM
Thanks for all the comments. I am only doing these to keep me occupied while off sick from work, ( Sciatica ...Don't recommend it ) Still at least has given me the time to start learning to play the Ukulele. I newbie to the instrument, I cant believe I missed out on them for so long. Nice and easy to pick up and strum a few tunes, am fingerpicking a few too. I an not new to stringed instruments so that helps a lot, I have been strumming guitars for many years ( badly ) My son is a superb musician, ( guitar/bassist/drummer and occasionally keyboard he is also a singer / songwriter ) My daughter plays bass and now Ukulele and we all sing. We do a half hour slot each year at the local British Legion, My son records the drum on a backing track, I play rhythm, my son plays lead, daughter bass and we all take it in turns to sing. Maybe this year we could do a couple of Uke numbers. My son has put some of his own stuff ( as well as a few covers ) on http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sam-Pridige/109717642379432?ref=ts This page is just him, he plays, records and mixes all of the stuff himself. Clever lad.

Keef
08-20-2010, 11:43 AM
You did such a nice job on that micro bus it would be really awesome to get one with an exagereated version of my hot rod truck http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/IMG_0104.jpg http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/IMG_0018.jpg

Ukulele Friend
08-20-2010, 12:51 PM
nice stuff. makes the uke a bit more personal to me and although i'm not much of a fan on painting the high end pieces i'm all for it on pieces under $1000.

there's some great stuff out there,
shawn

http://ukulelefriend.com

mm stan
08-20-2010, 04:08 PM
I am using acrylics on this one, I used enamels on the Who-Kulele, the problem with the enamels is gloss coating them....they do not like spray lacquer, the paint bubbles and cracks so I had to varnish it. Acrylics, on the other hand, will accept an acrylic lacquer so it will be a lot easier to build up a nice smooth even finish, with no yellowing. I will leave the gloss a few weeks then cut it back to a nice high gloss finish.

I understand that lacquer and enamels don't mix, I guess it's the solvent in the laquer...But the varnish works fine over it....and enamels are sorta durable too.
Acrylics alone are not durable and will need a coat of coat of clear lacquer..

deepeepee
08-20-2010, 10:25 PM
You did such a nice job on that micro bus it would be really awesome to get one with an exagereated version of my hot rod truck http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/IMG_0104.jpg http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/IMG_0018.jpg

Nice Pick up Keef...You could fit my Smart car tailgate of that beast. Good looking wheels and paintjob. I dread to think how much that would cost to run over here in the UK, the road tax would be about 250 ( $390 ) a year, and with petrol and diesel costing around 5.50 ( $8.24 ) a gallon .....that would soon add up....It's a beauty though.

Keef
08-20-2010, 10:56 PM
Deepeepee this is considered a mini truck but you are right about the mileage it is powered by a supercharged 347 stroker v8 and gets about 6 mpg :)
.http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/IMG_0107.jpg
Being from the uk you might be interested to know my other toy car is a right hand drive 1976 Leyland mini 1000 http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/ad54/Kempocat/image.jpg
ok enough about cars back to the cool little hand painted uke

SweetWaterBlue
08-21-2010, 05:55 AM
That is so cool. Makes me wish I had never sold my old '67 split window bus, with the Dead stickers on the back windows. Mine was green and white, instead of blue.