Quite some time ago, I picked up a discount gouache paint set on clearance. I had no idea what gouache actually was, and that was half the appeal Apparently, it’s similar to watercolor, but more opaque and with a much higher pigment concentration. It allows you reap the benefits of both watercolor and acrylic.
Normally, I’d just open the tubes and experiment, but I was working on black canvasboard. While my previous experiments on a black base have turned out really well, a custom painting I attempted back in April had to be completely thrown out because I just couldn’t make enough of the paint visible. And not wanting to repeat that experience, I Googled gouache techniques.
In so doing, Constant Reader, I noted that a few people suggested mixing the gouache paint with a ton of titanium white acrylic. I did so, and also added gel gloss and a glow-in-the-dark finish to the mix…
…and surprise! The paint went from uber-rich (but too dark for a black canvasboard) to, essentially, liquid pastels!
I’ll let this dry overnight, and then tomorrow we’ll apply a level of gesso and try inking it!
Materials used: Black canvasboard, gouache paint, acrylic paint, iridescent paint, metallic paint, glow-in-the-dark finish.