While I’m at it, here’s another shirt I have for sale:
Makin’ Bacon: A Guide to Painting a Makala Dolphin with Bacon Strips
Because the Dolphin has a painted wood top and plastic back and sides, I use Testers model paint. Do not paint the Testers directly on the bridge or fretboard, however. It will take weeks to dry. If you are painting the wood surfaces, prime them with Kilz.
I’ve painted three ukes this way. I believe others use paints that give more blending capability but if you use acrylics I suppose you have to clear coat it afterwards, and I’m not sure what would work best on the plastic in that case. I think you’d go with an all wood uke, and maybe prime it before.
For the bacon uke, here’s my painting process:
1) Outline bacon strips in a tan and fill with off white.
2) Shade the strip with the same tan to make it appear rippled.
3) Add red and pink streaks of lean meat. Use photo references to become familiar with how these occur in the bacon.
4) Use a darker red and pink to shade the lean streaks in the same areas as before.
5) Add shadows and highlights, and other detail.