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Gouache resist, the process
I have a commission to paint a dog portrait. I thought I'd show you my process. Sketch on tracing paper first. I like tracing paper because I can turn it around, sketch something else and trace it, play with it easily. I did a few thumbnails to get the composition the way I wanted before I drew it full size.
Next, transfer (with a light box, or sometimes taped to a window) onto 140 lb. watercolor paper, then painting with thick gouache. I use darker colors than they will eventually turn out, as some gets washed off with the ink later. It has taken years of playing to figure this out, and I am still learning...
More paint, leaving white space...
...which will turn black...
I forgot to take a photo of the inked step, which would be right here.I cover the entire thing with India ink (I like Higgins Calligraphy ink. A few years ago they discontinued Higgins Engrossing, and I went into a panic, buying all I could find, emailing the company, testing out every other kind out there. It turns out they had just changed the name to Calligraphy ink. I have no idea why.)
...after the inking, I go in and touch things up...this is almost finished, still working on the border, and a bit more texture to the dog's fur. It's been a fun one to paint!