I didn't want to completely paint over the guitar like last time as I like the original ombre colouring so I decided to draw on it with a white paint pen. I bought this one from Amazon.
What's good about it is it can be wiped off with a damp cloth so I could easily erase any mistakes I made when drawing.
I'd made a rough design on brown paper which I'd cut to the exact shape of the guitar. I googled a lot of mandala images to use as inspiration and incorporated elements of them into my design.
I free-handed the drawing on the guitar and don't mind the odd wonky line or not quite symmetrical parts. I started off copying my design but then improvised the rest based on the space left.
I also drew on the head of the guitar which was completed improvised with no design first.
Since the paint pen was so easy to wipe off I knew I had to seal it. I tried applying clear varnish to a small test spot on the head but this started wiping away the paint.
Then I started thinking about spray varnish and my Mum saw that there was some on sale at B&Q. I bought a can for £3. I had wanted a matt varnish but they only had gloss, but for £3 I'm not too bothered. It sure is stinky though.
After 3 or 4 coats of varnish the paint was sealed.
Then all I had to do was re-string the guitar, with help from this guy, making is left-handed of course.