Dead Flat Paint and Ghost Prints

Hey There Friends!

True confession time. I can’t go to Home Depot without checking out the Oops! paints. (If you’re not familiar with Oops!, they’re paints where the color didn’t turn out right and they’re sold at a discount.) It’s like an addiction. I don’t need any more paint, but I have to see what’s available.

I was at Home Depot the other day, and this gem caught my eye. It’s a dusty purple in a “dead flat” finish. Dead flat? What is that? I’d never heard of it before, and was curious to see what it would look like.

I brought the paint home and searched through my collection for other colors that would work well with it, and the result was this painting:



Cassandra Tondro, "Synaptic Connections" painting

“Synaptic Connections,” 24″ x 24″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

I don’t see any difference between “flat” and “dead flat” paints. Dead flat paint is definitely flat, but I wouldn’t say that it’s any deader than regular flat paint.

I was playing around with the leftover paint from this piece, and stumbled upon the idea of secondary prints. They’re called “ghost prints” because they are created from the remains of the primary piece.

I like the ghost prints a lot! They have a very different look and feel from the original painting. The paint isn’t as thick, and in some places the natural canvas shows through. They’re lighter and more airy, and the sides aren’t painted (except for some drips and smudges), giving them more of a monoprint look.

Cassandra Tondro, "Wishful Thinking" painting

“Wishful Thinking,” 20″ x 20″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro, "Ravens Breath" abstract art

“Ravens Breath,” 20″ x 20″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

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Holiday Gifts

As we move into the holiday season, I want to draw your attention to the fun and arty gift items available on my website. I have a wonderful selection of designer tote bags, decorative throw pillows, leaf print silk scarves and fine art prints.

Tondro art gifts

Shop early for the best selection, and allow extra time for the pillows, totes and prints, since they’re made to order.

Upcoming Shows

I have two shows coming up the weekend after next.

The first is the Focus on the Masters Holiday Gift Shop, featuring the work of 22+ artists. I will be showing my leaf print silk scarves, leaf prints on paper, leaf print necklaces and inspirational paintings. 25% of all sales will benefit Focus on the Masters educational outreach programs.

Focus on the Masters Holiday Gift Shop
Friday, November 17, 5pm – 8pm
Saturday November 18, 10am – 5pm
Sunday November 19, 12pm – 4pm
83 Palm Street, Ventura

That same weekend is the Roses and Rivets Grand Opening in Santa Paula. Roses and Rivets carries my leaf print silk scarves and leaf print necklaces, as well as a selection of my paintings.

Roses and Rivets Art Gallery and Body Art Studio
Grand Opening Reception
Saturday, November 18, 7pm – 9pm
110 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula

I look forward to seeing you at one of these shows if you’re in the Ventura area, and if not, what are you waiting for? Move to California! Everyone else is.

With love and appreciation,


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