don’t paint plein air (from life) too often. I know I should because you get a better sense of perspective. I decided to paint the view from my living room window. I’ll admit that I had a photo I’d taken earlier on my laptop, taken with a Zoom lens, so I could verify detail, but I tried not to reference it unless I was getting lost. Next […] View
Oh my gosh again – Sandra that is delightful. What an awesome awesome sapling and yes … lol … just like a teenager :). Thank you so much for sharing what you used … lol I don’t even know what a technical pen is. I’ll have to look it up .. lol.
Thank you, Zoie! There are lots of different kinds of technical pen. Generally, it means it has a rigid, straight nib with a slightly rounded end. They can be made of metal, plastic or fiber. The ones I use most often are fiber-tipped in .08, .05, .03, and .01 sizes. I use the Zebra pen brand, but other good ones of this kind include Pigma Micron and Faber-Castell Artist pens. The ink is usually, but not always waterproof, archival and acid-free. I almost always draw first, and paint after. Sometimes I leave the ink lines showing, but that’s harder to do with gouache since it is opaque.
Gouache is a watercolor but formulated to be opaque and has a flatter, more velvety appearance (though many brands of gouache these days have more shine). You can use them for washes like traditional watercolor, but they are more commonly used like acrylic – just enough water to give them a consistency of heavy cream. You can paint light colors over dark. They’re a very old form of watercolor, dating back to the Egyptians, and all those magazine ads and illustrations of the 40’s, 50’s were done with gouache. So if you want more of an acrylic look with a medium that can be rewet like watercolor, then you would use gouache. It is isn’t better or worse than traditional watercolor, just a tool that can give you different effects.
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