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» Hand Held American Indian Drums, Painting the Head?

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I have what some people call a buffalo drum. This is a 16 1/2" in diameter & 2 1/2" thick frame drum made to be hit with a beater. I've been reading
a lot on how to use this drum for meditation and spiritual healing, and it's been suggested to paint the drum with symbols or animal totems that
relate closely with you. This is something I'd like to do with my drum while using it for meditation purposes and to release any pent up emotions
that might be bothering me. It's a great stress reliever in this respect.

So, does anyone have any suggestions on how to paint my drum without damaging the head (my drum head is animal hide--I think possibly white tail deer)
and not have the paint chip off from playing it?

Ginger

Okay, I just read this and see I didn't explain myself very well. What I want to know is what kind of paint to use that won't hurt the head and won't
chip or flake off when hit with the beater. Does that sound better tongue.gif wink.gif ?

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You will likely need leather dyes, rather than paints, for that use, but should be able to find info for that on line, as it is a very common practice.


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I use paint pens on the drums I make; the porous tipped kind you get at arts and crafts stores. The flexible acrylic paint in them comes in a wide variety of colors and is quite tough. It won't flake or chip off, but it might eventually wear a bit if you're beating the same spot on the drum. At that point, you can just get out the pen and do some touch up. The paint will not "bleed" into the fibrous leather at the edges of your design, and it won't harm the rawhide. Here's a pic of one...

QUOTE(Red Hawk @ Jun 9 2017, 04:23 PM) *
I have what some people call a buffalo drum. This is a 16 1/2" in diameter & 2 1/2" thick frame drum made to be hit with a beater. I've been reading
a lot on how to use this drum for meditation and spiritual healing, and it's been suggested to paint the drum with symbols or animal totems that
relate closely with you. This is something I'd like to do with my drum while using it for meditation purposes and to release any pent up emotions
that might be bothering me. It's a great stress reliever in this respect.

So, does anyone have any suggestions on how to paint my drum without damaging the head (my drum head is animal hide--I think possibly white tail deer)
and not have the paint chip off from playing it?

Ginger

Okay, I just read this and see I didn't explain myself very well. What I want to know is what kind of paint to use that won't hurt the head and won't
chip or flake off when hit with the beater. Does that sound better tongue.gif wink.gif ?


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Oil base or water base, Keith? They come both ways.


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Use the acrylic paint pens. They're water based. Liquitex® is a good brand and can be ordered from Michael's or Amazon.

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Oil base or water base, Keith? They come both ways.


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Thanks for the info, gentlemen.
And Keith; I'll check into those acrylic paint pens. Love the design on the drum pic you sent smile.gif .

Ginger


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