Painting “Coffee octopus” on round wood plate

Digital sketch

This is my relaxing drawing experiment. I want something coffee shades but not only bubbles or foam. The octopus tentacles are good fit because they have round suckers, a lot. I plan one lighter tentacles on darker coffee color. The other is darker tentacles on lighter coffee color. The time lapse video can be found here. I draw them in rectangle shape in the Procreate app. But later I decide to try something different. Since it is coffee shades, a round shape panel which can mimic coffee cup would be interesting.

Materials and Procedure

Wood grain charger from Hobby Lobby

I pick up this round wood charger from Hobby Lobby. It is thick and solid with depth like a plate. So I start with my experiment.

  • Apply clear Shellac twice to seal the wood
  • Apply white gesso triple times for painting base
  • Paint with oil color. The outer circle of wood charger is planned to be the “coffee cup”. I let a few octopus tentacles to go over the boundary.
  • Once dried, apply varnish to seal the painting
  • Install hardware for hanging


As you can see, I leave the inner circle without gesso so the wood grain is visible. The nail less saw tooth hanger is safer than using a screw. I am concerned that the screw with drill through to the other side.


I like the coffee shades. Octopus tentacles are fun to paint. However, I don’t like painting on a smooth surface. The wood charger with gesso is sleek. It is hard to layer the paint on top. Next time if I want to make something like this I may just use the round canvas panel. 🤣

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.