Saturday, October 11, 2014


Here is the gouache + ink resist technique, using just white gouache and black ink as the first steps.

Using a photo of a male, juvenile goldfinch (you can tell he's young by how scruffy he looks), I sketched it and then traced the sketch onto 300# cold press watercolor paper (Arches).  Heavier paper works better with this technique but you can use 140# is that's all you have.

Next step = using a small round brush and a 1/2" flat brush, I painted on the thick white gouache (the gouache goes all around the outside of the subject, too, but leave a small area around the outside of the paper (which will become a nice "frame" for the painting).

In this photo, I hope you can see the texture of the gouache all over the paper.  I did go back in and redraw some of the lines with graphite pencil so the lines will hold the black ink in the next step.

Next = Using your cheap brush from the hardware store, lay down a wash in as few brushstrokes as you can, with the undiluted black, waterproof India Ink.  Don't brush over and over or you'll lift the gouache!

I put an old towel beneath the painting to catch any excess ink, and then left it to dry - about 4-5 hours should do it.  You will know when you return and you see no trace of moisture in the ink layer and can see a hint of the subject underneath.  

Next = see next post for the big reveal!


CrimsonLeaves said...

Nice cliff hanger Rhonda! Can't wait to see what is next!

Carol Flatt said...

I am really enjoying your series of posts about ink and gouache, Rhonda! It's exciting to try new approaches and ideas! All the many methods you've tried with your statue have come out beautifully! I love the "vintage" look of the black ink and colored areas. Having the ink seep into areas really creates an interesting effect. I also like that it's unpredictable, always some surprises. Now, I look forward to the goldfinch outcome. Thanks for your well-written descriptions.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sherry - you won't have to wait long!

Carol, thanks. Hope you try some - if you want to try something new :)

Debbie Nolan said...

Rhonda - this is so wonderful to see how you are working with the gouache and ink. Such a neat way to do something different. You certainly left us wanting to see more.