Over Winter break, I have picked up my Rainbow Art Journal again. I am determined to get it finished this year. It has been one of those projects I have dipped in and out of for far too long. It’s time to wrap it up.
This page is my first attempt at properly using gouache. I was gifted a set of gouache paints for my birthday in November and I finally found time to start experimenting with them. I am a natural born pessimist and not given to self-confidence but I daftly thought I would take to gouache. I assumed it would be close enough to watercolour that I would have a sense for how to work it and apply it. Spoiler alert: I was wrong. The gouache does not react to water in the same way that watercolour paint does. Being thicker, it was harder for me to dilute it in a way that was pleasing. I got lots of ugly streaks. It was also harder for me to work with the brush. I am used to being able to gently encourage watercolour and ink into edges and shapes but I had to be more forceful with the gouache.
I kept my first experiment simple, a silly little doodle of a selfie, because my focus was on the application of the paint rather than the outcome of a finished illustration. As first experiments go, it is not a disaster but nor is it as proficient as I hoped it would be. That’s OK though. That’s what my art journals are for.