Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Powdered Gold
Add a little sparkle to your watercolor painting with a bit of shiny gold goauche. I have used Schmincke Tro-Col-Bronze Dry Gouche sec in the color called pale gold. It is a bronze powder with dry gouache binding medium.

1. Place a very small amount of the gold powder on your palette and add a few drops of water.
2. Using a paint brush, stir the water and gold powder together to make liquid gold.
3. Paint the gold onto your dry watercolor painting.
4. Allow to dry.

Gouache is an opaque watercolor. The gold does dry to sort of a shiny gold foil like finish which is opaque. A little goes a long way. I have used it on Christmas cards for a gold halo, a pretty star in the sky, a gold crown on a king. I use a small ramekin for mixing up some gold paint. Then saved the leftovers in the ramekin, just rewet to use again at a later date. It's June now, I painted the center of the little flower this morning with leftover gold powder from my angel aceo's painted last December.


Kathleen said...

How fun! I didn't know that there was such a thing as 'dry gouache'. I have used Holbein gold and silver watercolor and other types of gouache including metallic gouache, but this seems to have a greater richness.

Thanks for sharing another wonderful hint!

Rita said...

It is very rich and there are other shades available too.


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