Almost finished the radiant poppy. Not so much an exercise in copying, but in mixing and playing with gouache. Whaddyareckon, Mum? Might get you to take a better photograph of my image. I think it’s blurry.
Learning how to create repeat patterns was great fun, but had I fully understood that the silly little motifs I created in a hurry and under pressure one Wednesday night were the silly little motifs I was to use for this exercise the following Wednesday night, I would have … um, probably still created silly little motifs like these.
Nevertheless, I think the black lines of these flowers have merit and I would like to experiment more with this look, particularly with trying different colours and medium.
I thought I’d be clever and give this design the colourway treatment, but later found out I got that wrong! A proper colourway would mean a second design using different colours, perhaps green and brown, not the same colours in different positions.
I should also have created colour chips when I began painting, as I couldn’t replicate the blue when I was finishing off the background at home. Joey said that the thick blue paint created a river effect, and the flowers were floating in it (the darling boy!)
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.
Tonight we learnt how to use gouache paint. Gorgeous and creamy but a little scary. Continuing on with botanical motif theme, we were to choose a flower – preferably a real one from from the fake supply, and use one colour to paint and fill in its shape. Then, use the tiniest bit of black to add darker tones and white to add highlights (tinting). The result was a monochromatic gouache tonal rendering of average quality!