Gouache and the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pen

March 19, 2012

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120310PigeonLeft: Pigeon sketch made with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen (black) and painted over with gouache (using a soft squirrel mop and a paper towel to wipe color around). On a 9 x 12 inch page in my in-studio Fabriano Venezia Journal.

You can't draw enough pigeons. 

WIthin the last week I have posted about the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and using gouache. So here I'm just letting you know I really mean it.

Paper towels are great fun as tools for swiping and smudging color around after you have put down a brush stroke.

Why are you still reading? Why aren't you painting? Why don't you plan on making a painting a day for the week using this pen and some gouache? That would be a great way to begin to aclimatize yourself to what is surely going to be your favorite medium.

  1. Reply

    GORGEOUS, Roz.

  2. Reply

    Thanks Kate, I think it’s kind of fun to be messy.

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    I have a basic (really basic) M. Graham gouache set; black, white, and red, blue, yellow. I have yet to try them. They’ve been sitting for months. They scare me for some reason. I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now and think I will finally give them a whirl. Thanks for the push!

    • Dana
    • March 19, 2012

    I love your continued efforts to get everyone to use gouache! I am currently having a love affair with my watercolors and can’t bear to branch out right now (with all the lovely colors waiting for me? Plus, with an upcoming move I’ve been very busy…). However, you have definitely convinced me that when I do branch out beyond my little watercolor bubble, gouache is going to be it (and I’m excited!). I don’t comment often, but I do check your blog daily and I love seeing your work. Onwards with the gouache!

    • Margo
    • March 19, 2012

    Okay…I take the challenge, time for a new one anyway. I have all supplies needed, probably for the most part cause I read your blog and take what you say seriously, and cause I like to have fun. No pigeons around here, but the are lots of seriously huge ravens, so I may have to try and paint them, not that they ever stay still long enough. I have changed the sketch a puppy a day to PPBP and gouache, seriously fun, I love that pen, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    Stephanie, please don’t be scared. Just dive in. You can do a lot of fun things with gouache. You can dilute them to a heavy cream consistency for most typical use, but you can also use them straight from the tube with a stiff brush (like the Bristlon I wrote of—I like filberts) and a dry brush effect. Play with using the paints wet in wet, dry a first layer and blend other colors on top. Mix your colors to see how your color theory stuff works for you. In no time you’ll be having a lot of fun.

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    Dana, it sounds like your plate is pretty full right now and I would agree you need to keep with the watercolors through your transition. The main thing right now is to keep painting. When you do have time to branch out it would be a good time to try them. Have fun.

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    Margo, it makes my heart glad that you take what I say seriously (finally someone does!). Seriously huge ravens are the perfect subject to practice gouache with. You can add in all the wonderful reflective colors their “black” feathers contain. Have great fun.

    And yes the PPBP and gouache are seriously fun! I’m so glad that you area enjoying it! Thanks for writing in.

    • paula jarvis
    • March 19, 2012

    This is appealing on so many levels… – paula

  7. Reply

    Thanks Paula, I’m glad that you enjoy it. Hope you give the pen and the gouache a try!

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