More on the Pentel Aquash Brush Pigment Ink Filled Brush

September 26, 2011

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Above: 9 x 12 inch page spread in my in-studio journal: a Fabriano Venezia. Aquash with light black ink painted over with gouache. Orange of the background was scribbled NeoArt that was then smoothed with a wet brush. I used stiff Bristlton brushes of various sizes—all filberts. As is often true in my studies, I lost interest after I finished with the face, but I like the body unfinished in this case. Oh, and if looks a little "fuzzier" than normal, I've taken to sketching without my glasses, just for grins. (Note the bottom right of the page was clipped during scanning, but it isn't an essential bit.)

In Saturday's post I reviewed the Pentel Aquash Brush Pigment Ink Filled Brush (I have to refer to it that way because Pentel's waterbrush is also called Aquash—Please guys, help us out here!).

This French Bulldog study was sketched first with the Aquash and then I added the layers of gouache, beginning with light washes in some areas and thick multiple layers in other areas, which I then blended.

110917FrenchBulldogDet Left: Detail of the dog study. "A" indicates an area where you'll see original pen lines under the paint. To the left of "B" you'll see a stroke of ink not covered by the gouache.

If you look in the head of the bulldog you can see in the ear several strokes across the ear which is my hand looking for the end of the ear, as the head shape emerged and I had to readjust the ears. (You could cover this completely with gouache, but I like it showing through a bit.) Also you can see a stroke of grey ink across the forehead of the dog which was not hidden by a light wash of Titanium Gold Ochre (Schmincke Gouache).

There was NO BLEEDING of the grey ink when I painted over it to make this study. You'll just have to trust me on that because I didn't stop to make intermediate scans.

I'm so accustomed to sketching with the black ink of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen that not having to work as hard to hide the lines under the paint is an interesting experience. However, I do like to have the black contrast peek through in some places and so I'm adjusting to the loss of that "feature" when working with the Aquash.

I'm not suffering at all. I can go back to the PPBP as much as I like, or return to the Aquash.

I now have an additional "favorite" brush pen.

Note: I'm down to a final few French Bulldog dog park photos, of similar stance. The dog has never returned. I really need a French Bulldog for a model. If you know someone with connections to French Bulldogs in the Twin Cities would you please tell them of my interest? Give them my email or get permission to send their email to me. I would really appreciate it.

    • September 26, 2011

    Yeah!!! I’m so excited for you!!! I really like mine too, I may try to refill it with Noodlers Lexington Gray once it’s down. Ok! Off to sketch, see you Sunday at MetroSketchers? Oh, my Mom is coming too. 😀

    • Jill
    • September 26, 2011

    Roz, does Schmincke make any gouache sets that you know of?

  1. Reply

    Liz, I’m looking forward to Sunday and seeing your mom and you. I’m hoping we have sunny weather! Good luck with filling the pen with Noodlers. I’ll be interested in how it works for you.

  2. Reply

    Jill, do you mean sets of tube paints or pans of gouache? It doesn’t matter much as I’m not aware of them creating sets of either.

    I’ll assume you were looking for a pan set of gouache from Schmincke. As far as I know they don’t make one, though Tim Jennen over at Wet Paint makes us all jealous whenever he gets his monochromatic set of Schmincke pan gouache out to sketch. This was something that is no longer produced as far as he knows, and it emerged in a recent Wet Paint Sale, when they were bringing things up from storage!

    Grumbacher used to have a set of pan gouache I think (I saw one in a collectibles booth once!) Winsor and Newton used to do a pan set of gouache and may still do, a single row of 8 or so round pans in a metal tin. I actually had one of those in the 80s.

    However all the pans, including the latter, that I’ve tried, of gouache are the really chalky stuff that isn’t great for fine art. Pelikan and a couple kid companies make such sets still. The pigments are inferior, the paints are often multi-pigment paints (which yield muddy results when mixed), and of course chalky.

    I think you’re better off getting yourself a little empty pan box, getting some empty pans, and filling the pans with gouache of your own color selection from either the Schmincke or M. Graham lines (both of them rewet well.

    Hope this helps.

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