Yes, I’m still playing with gouache! Addicted? Me? Ha, well when something really grabs my attention I have to go with it. Today, I’m using gouache on kraft. I thought the Daisy Bouquet set from Simon Says Stamp was just made for this technique. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
When I first started planning out this card my automatic reaction was to use coloured pencils on kraft, but from experience, I know that you really have to work that white pencil to get the bright white I like and so I turned to my new love of gouache. Being opaque, gouache lays down a solid white layer of white in once sweep of the paintbrush! I only used a little water with the gouache because I’m using Strathmore Toned Gray paper – my favourite for this type of look but it’s not weighty or intended for use with wet media. However, I’m getting ahead of myself slightly here. I took the Strathmore Toned Gray paper and stamped the Daisy Bouquet image in Gina K Whisper ink. I did initially try clear embossing ink but found the oily nature of this ink resisted the gouache and I wanted to be able to paint over the lines for that no-line look. Gina K’s Whisper ink was perfect – I got a light impression as to where to paint but the paint went over it without trouble.
With the outline now stamped, I used this as a guide to painting with the gouache. I used mainly white gouache mixed with a few Daniel Smith watercolours where necessary and painted in the direction of the leaves and petals so that my brush strokes in the thicker gouache mixture I was using tied in with the shapes of the areas I was painting. I came in with a few coloured pencils at the end to add more details and shadows.
I stamped a simple sentiment from the Daisy Bouquet set in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink on Ivory card – I thought the warmer brown colour toned better with the card rather than a harsh black. I trimmed the sentiment to a banner and added it over the daisies with foam tape. I then adhered the panel to an Ivory card base with a Gina K glue runner. To finish off I added a triangle of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bottle Green and Simply White.
I’m really pleased with how this card came together – the white of the daisies was easy to achieve with the gouache rather than the time it would’ve taken with a white pencil.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D