The Knight of Flowers.
Turner acrylic gouache on Etival cold-pressed paper, 20×30 cm.
This piece was done for a scholarly work titled “The Heroic and Chivalric Codes of Westeros”, by Dr. Carol Jamison.
It’s also another media experiment. This time, I gave acrylic gouache a go. It’s something that a lot of people have never heard about (and that a lot of stores don’t stock), but it’s actually really, really cool as it combines several features that I like about both watercolours, and acrylics, and gouache.
- When applied thinly and with much water, it looks like watercolour.
- It dries to be water-resistant, so it allows glazing (unlike gouache). That also means it dries on your palette, so you need to work with porcelain palettes rather than plastic. Fortunately, a little drop of paint goes a long way, so it’s not much of a waste.
- In thicker layers, it becomes opaque, but you have a lot of control over how opaque you want it.
- Even in thicker layers, you don’t get the flaky stuff you tend to get with gouache, unless you want to get very, very thick.
- When dry, the pant looks matte, like gouache, but unlike acrylics (which is why I don’t like thin acrylics – just don’t like it shiny).
Left: I did a lot of detail and shadows first (unlike with watercolour, where you’d do those last) and then glazed over the detailing with thinly diluted colour washes; the detailing remains intact.
It looks like the experiment was a complete success! Congratulations!
Amazing work! Where would you suggest purchasing acrylic gouache?
Acrylic gouache sound’s brilliant. I’d never heard of it before. Thanks for such an interesting post. PS beautiful artwork!!!
Hallo liebe Jenny, was habe ich in dem Jahr schon alles an Bildern von dir verpasst!!! Oh my, sie sind alle wieder atemberaubend und vor allem INSPIRIEREND! :D Deine Tipps lese ich gern und setze sie um. Werde mal den Blog abonnieren, dann bleibe ich auf dem Laufenden. Viele Grüße aus dem Frankenwald in Oberfranken, Pubea
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