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Old 12-17-2016, 05:32 PM
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The Gamekeeper's Cottage

It's a while since I used the gouache/ink resist technique, but a Christmas present request had me checking out my India ink and white gouache supplies.

Fuller details can be seen on my blog, but I started with a background watercolour wash on my drawing, followed by white gouache over those areas I wanted protected from the subsequent India ink application. Once dry the India ink is washed off and it is now awaiting further washes of watercolour to complete the painting.







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Old 12-19-2016, 04:40 PM
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Approx. 10" x 7"

(Photographed under electric light, so not a very good photo)

I was beginning to get a bit weary of the greens in this one. It might be finished - not sure whether I should lighten the background fir tree on the right. What do you think?
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Absolutely wonderful effect!
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Re: The Gamekeeper's Cottage

Very nice! The bg fir tree didn't bother me, and it sort of converses with the dark arbor vitae in front of the house on the left. I really like this painting.

I guess the ink is not waterproof and yhe gouache resists it?
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Re: The Gamekeeper's Cottage

Thank you for commenting mstackhouse and laika.

Laika, the Indian ink is waterproof, but the layer of gouache stops it from sinking into the paper. Hence, when I hold the painting under running water and use a stiff brush to agitate the surface, the gouache washes away together with its overlay of ink, leaving the ink only in those areas where no gouache was applied.
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Thanks for the explanation, Sonia! That makes better sense than my non-waterproof ink guess at how it worked

Anyway, you used it to fine effect in your painting.
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