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What the heck is gouache resist?
Many people have asked me about the technique I use in my illustrations: gouache resist. Gouache is opaque watercolor. OK, so first I transfer or draw a pencil sketch on watercolor paper.
Next I paint with thick gouache, leaving white space around the edges of shapes and anywhere I want some texture.
After the gouache is dry, I paint india ink (I like Higgins Calligraphy ink) with a big soft brush all over the entire image. Yes, it seems scary, but do it anyway!
Now, my favorite part: once the ink is dry, I put the paper in the sink, turn the water on full blast and rinse off the ink. Usually I rub the paper with my finger a bit to help the ink come off where I want it to. Some of the gouache comes off too, here and there. I do go back in and touch things up.... and sometimes I throw it away and start all over again.
note: I learned this technique from a fabulous illustrator, Laura McGee Kvasnosky (www.lmkbooks.com). Check out her charming Zelda & Ivy books!
Happy New Year to you, dear readers. How was your 2012?
Mine was really pretty good, now that I look back on it. Highlights:
- Had 2 exhibits of my work.
-Hosted an art sale in our garden. We had so much fun, it may become an annual event.
-Set up a family etsy shop. We actually sold a few things, too.
-Made more money from my artwork than ever before!
-Finished grad school: I now have 5 picture book biographies I am excited to send out into the world in 2013.
-Helped our boy finish high school and go off to college. Sent him across the country. He thrived. We survived.
-Celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday, and watched her grow into an amazing filmmaker.
-Moved into a beautiful new art studio where I teach. Trying to remember where we've put everything.
-Saw lots of art at galleries, Art Murmur, museums.
-Traveled: New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, Cazadero, Half Moon Bay, the Sierras of California.
-Turned 50! Celebrated with friends near and far.
Not a bad place to work, right? After teaching for 29 years, it is going to take some time to get used to this being my office. It's quiet. And it's all on me to make it happen here. However, it's really fun, too!
There's lots of art making going on here right now. I am working on my mailing list as well, planning to send out monthly messages about what I'm up to in the studio, workshops I'm teaching, my art sales, online shops, etc. If you would like to get these updates, write your email address in the comments below. (I will delete it quickly, I promise!) A new print just went up for sale in my Etsy shop, click on the link below: Pomegranate print This week I am the featured artist, showing my sketchbooks on : My Giant Strawberry Take a look! I am really having fun on Instagram, follow me here: Ihttps://www.instagram.com/kierendutcher/
And in time for all the protests this weekend, I still have a few of these left:
Let me know if you want one. Have a great last week…