Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Acrylic, watercolour and gouache

I've been playing again in my sketchbook, and this is the result. I used acrylic, watercolour and gouache paint all in the one piece, each for a specific reason, as explained in Linda Ravenscroft book. My sketchbook is approximately 6" x 8"

Firstly, I drew the picture in pencil, then outlined the drawing in sepia pigma pen, and rubbed out the pencil

I then stippled the background using acrylic paints. On reflection I should have masked the toadstool shapes and stippled them afterward - thus avoiding that ragged edge you can see!

I've now added water colour, painting the toadstools and covering the green area with some of the watercolour to fill in all the white bits (except of course for the fairy slippers!)

Now I added the gouache paint, hopefully rescuing that edge on the toastools. It is better than it was, but next time I will think about masking! Watercolour is transparent but gouache is not, so the majority of the paint under the toadstools is gouache. I painted the fairy slippers last - made out of holly leaves with a berry bobble of course!
Finally I used the pigma pen to outline the original drawing again, as most of it had almost disappeared under the paint. I might try to add some 'frost' to the leaves under the toadstools, when I've had a bit of practice!!
Till next time ..........


quiltchick said...

Ohhh...lovely Val. Very effective way to build up the picture. I might have to get this book as i'm very impressed with your results!

maggi said...

I am really impressed. A lovely work of art.

Purple Missus said...

This and the one on the last blog are really splendid Val. Such a waste in a sketchbook though - they should be framed and hung on the wall where everyone can see them :)
You have inspired me to get this book out again and have another go although I really should be doing other things!

Heather said...

You are going from strength to strength Val. I love this and next time I see toadstools I shall look underneath to see if there are any fairy slippers!

Doreen G said...

I don't know how I missed this post Val but I did.
And what a lovely painting it is.
You inspire me with your talent.


You have inspired me too! I loved following your progress with the painting and seeing what paints you used and where. It's wonderful Val

Happy weekend
Carolyn ♥