I love gouache and gouache loves me

Do you see my new gravatar? It’s a gouache and ink pattern I made using the ‘resist’ technique – and I’ve decided that I can’t resist it! I love using gouache. It goes on all creamy and smooth. To create a masterpiece using the resist technique, you first need to paint one thick layer of gouache followed by another over the top when it is dry. Then paint ink over the top, wait for it to dry, wash off under the tap and voila! We used fabriano paper – I’m not sure if it works with other papers. I will have to experiment. Late last night I was doing some more experimenting and came up with the below design. I learned two things: 1. gouache on gouache doesn’t work – the second (top) layer won’t remain after the ink is slathered over, and 2. it pays to be exacting with the line work. Some of the edges lose their definition if the second layer isn’t exact.

The gouache design
The gouache design
Gouache and ink resist
Gouache and ink resist
Gouache and ink resist #1
Gouache and ink resist #1

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