Cha Cha the Chihuahua


Following on from last week, where I discovered that repurposed cardboard envelopes can make an excellent painting surface for gouache I made a small painting (approx 6.5″ x 6″) of a little Chihuahua puppy and her ball.  I called her Cha Cha, because little ones like this have a tendancy to dance and skip around when they are happy!

The cardboard performed beautifully as a painting surface and worked better than any other surface I have tried with gouache, including the expensive Arches Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper.

As usual I began with a sketch…


Then I laid down some basic background colour…

After that I began to paint in earnest…


Here is my finished painting…


I also really love the way this surface has a beautiful texture when painted on.  Here’s a close up…


NB:  Apologies – I’m not very well at the moment, so I may take some time to get back to you.  All of the posts for the next few weeks were completed in the summer holidays and scheduled so I’m just going to let them run.  (It’s not Covid and the doctors have a good handle on it but it might take a while to get better.)

11 thoughts on “Cha Cha the Chihuahua

  1. Cha Cha is real cutie pie. I’m not surprised she managed to charm you! Many thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers too – that’s very much appreciated!

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  2. This is such an adorable picture and I know I really love it because I just want to cuddle Cha Cha! I’m not a dog person. I certainly don’t hate them. I like them well enough. but I’m always more inclined to let them go their way as I go mine, nodding to each other with affection while not getting in each others way. But some dogs just need to be cuddled and Cha Cha is totally giving me that vibe so she has to be extra cute to pull me in that direction :).

    Also, I’m happy to hear the doctors have a handle on what’s ailing you but still, I hope you’re feeling better soon and I’ll send some warm thoughts and extra prayers your way, too.

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  3. Thanks. I’m more and more coming around to the idea that, with materials, you can use whatever works. I look forward to seeing your painting for teh Blake Prize. It’ll be lovely to see your method.

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  4. This is wonderful Jo. It brought back memories of when I never had enough money for correct materials and made do. I’m in the process of painting my entry for The Blake Prize. I have taken photos along the way with hope to present the method like you do.

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