Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gouache Batik Tutorial

gouache batik irises

I tired something new, gouache batik. You draw an outline on watercolor paper with a Sharpie marker and then paint with gouache.

gouache batik irises covered with ink

Cover the dry painting with India Ink and let it dry thoroughly.

gouache batik irises

Take the dry painting to the sink and let slow running water flow over the painting. The ink washes away. You control how much ink to remove, some of the paint washes away as well so work slowly.

Let the painting dry flat. You can go back and add more paint after it's dry if you want.

I used Arches 100% cotton cold pressed watercolor paper and Winsor and Newton Designers Gouache.

The painting is much prettier in person but you get the concept for the technique. Most of the shading did not photograph.

7 comments:

  1. It's so beautiful. Thanks for the idea.

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  2. Wow! Interesting effect. I love the results. Great job on this painting.

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  3. If innovation is the name of the game, then you've owned the game! :) what great new discovery and techniques.

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  4. What a cool technique! And with beautiful results!

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  5. Thank you. I wasn't sure how well it would work so I didn't spend a lot of time on the painting. It was a leap of faith trusting that the India ink would wash off;I plan to try it again on something with more detail. Gouache is an interesting medium, it goes on like watercolor but it's opaque.

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  6. LOVE THIS! Now I've got to finish my workwork before I go downstairs to my art supplies and try one. Thanks soo much for posting this inspiration. Gorgeous!

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