Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Two Swans

I love the grace and beauty of swans. I also love it when I am able to take really good photos of swans! These swans were a pleasure to paint.
I masked the whites with white gouache and let that dry. Then I spritzed with water and floated acrylic inks and high flow acrylics over the piece. When that was dry I washed off the white gouache. I finished the piece with watercolors. I really like the effect of using white gouache as a mask. Some of the colors go through a bit and the edges look natural. Because the gouache has to be washed off, the background needs to be acrylic or something that won't wash off.
"Two Swans" • Original mixed watermedia on Arches 140# cold press paper • 5" x 7"
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