Tag: Strathmore

Up a Cobbled Lane

More gouache, this time on toned paper – tan specifically. The tan paper seems to give an extra warmth to the colors applied over it. Besides using toned paper, I am trying to venture into different areas – here I am doing a totally urban scene. One thing nice about painting old buildings is that standardization wasn’t quite like it is now, so my door don’t all have to be the same size, nor my windows! Heck, even the cobbles are rather rough.

I like painting in gouache, but there are times when it gets to be a bit tricky as it re-wets and it is easy to pull up lower layers of color. To help prevent this, you need to start with thinner paint and add the heavier colors later. If a drop of water falls off our brush, you can make a bit of a mess in the area it lands. Most people when they use thicker gouache paint smaller paintings – it is not a paint that spreads out generously and stays opaque. The charm and challenge!

Gouache, Strathmore tan toned paper, 5×7.

Heartfelt

Flowers in the shape of hearts – why not? I thought of this as I was drawing some cards for my SIL as a Christmas present – something she always likes. It’s a chance to play with ink and colors, too. Some are more successful than others. Strathmore makes boxes of blank cards which are perfect for this – and it includes envelopes, too. For some reason I always have more envelopes than cards . . .

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star ink and watercolors.