When Kerfe was over I showed her my art room. There’s a big pile of paintings on a little table where I toss them. I pulled this one out randomly (it was done a long time ago) and Kerfe said I’d never posted it. So I am, today. Pretty large, gouache resist, don’t remember when I painted it exactly.
I haven’t done a gouache resist in a while. They are a lot of fun to do, almost like magic when you ink over the gouache image with Higgins Black Magic ink. That’s the only ink it works with. And it’s good to paint the gouache on pretty heavily as you wash off the whole surface under water.
Gouache resist which looking at it reminds me of a color blindness test. I had been using the wrong ink in previous ones; it can only be Higgins Black Magic ink and no other!
Here is the image before the resist. Sharper in color yet I still like using the technique. Went in with watercolor to amplify the color. Here is the image before applying the ink.
The gouache resist technique is not working like it should. Either the ink has changed or I’m washing it off too soon. The white areas should have stayed very black. Oh well, it’s still kind of a colorful landscape anyway.
Here is the original and then covered over with ink. I will do another one and let the ink dry completely. Happy April and happy Friday!
Another gouache resist in what I guess is a series. My husband said they look like flower tapestries. I didn’t leave enough white showing and the black ink didn’t have a place to stick.
Here was the first version. I put a little too much paint on the surface.
I’m feeling spring although it’s quite chilly today. In gouache resist if you want to keep an area white you paint it white, the thicker the better. In fact I used a lot of paint on this one to the extent that the finished painting is not flat (despite my weighing it down and then ironing it). Time for a trip to Jerry’s Artorama today to restock some colors and get the heaviest weight paper they sell.
Here’s the piece before the Higgins Black Magic treatment.
I tried another pattern painting, this time in gouache so I could do a resist on it.
Here’s how it started out:
The eagle-eyed artmoondreams pointed out that the second painting was upside down. Yes it was and it looks better the right way. Reposting, therefore.
I haven’t done a gouache resist in a while. Started this a few days ago because you have to use a heavy layer of gouache and let it dry thoroughly.
After it dries you paint the whole thing with Higgins Black Magic ink.
Shout out to Davisbrotherlylove who made me aware of frisket, a masking gum which I had never heard of before. This is a first try using the frisket, then gouache, then gouache resist over that and finally going in with some colored pencil. It reminds me of a very abstract map so maybe next I’ll try to do that deliberately. Interesting technique although I was too lazy to read the instructions. I think I’ll YouTube it later.