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Gouache resist/squiggles

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. 

Earth in Camouflage 

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. 

Colorful Landscape

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! 

   

Orange Swirls

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.  

 
Painting after ink was washed off: 

 
This is the fourth one I’ve done and it was done on extremely heavy paper. That did the trick as far as warping: no warp whatsoever. Problem solved!

Daisies: gouache resist

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.  

 
All the areas where I left white became black. The big daisies were painted white so they resisted the ink. A good experiment except for the warped paper. 

Patterns 2: Gouache Resist

I tried another pattern painting, this time in gouache so I could do a resist on it. 

Here’s how it started out: 

 
And here it is after the Black Magic ink is painted on and then washed off. It washes off a lot of color and looks kind of sad: 

 
The fun part is going back in and going wild with color. I turned the purple blotches into roses of a sort. An enjoyable thing to do on a beautiful Sunday!

Correction 

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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.

Bordered Landscape 3

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.  

 
Then you throw it in the sink and wash off the ink. The gouache resists the ink and you get a cool effect.  

 
Unfortunately I think the piece was better before I messed with it. I did go in with more silver and some other colors. Time to try again!

First Try: Frisket

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. 

Small Landscape

A greeting card done in gouache resist.