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Toggle Commented 4 days ago on mixing gouache at Dispatch From LA
my full pans and new metal palette arrived for my gouache. yippy hi yi yo! i commenced to mixing colors and adding a healthy squeeze dropper of gum arabic. just call me madame mix-a-lot. stir stir stir swirl swirl swirl... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dispatch From LA
it's officially official. i have my watercolors organized where i want them in their palette. except i should make one of these to go INSIDE the actual palette. wouldn't that be smart? recognize me? yeah. me neither. there's a tripod... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
while poking around in my bookcase i came upon this 19th century photo album. one i acquired years ago, but decided it was too sweet to cut up and repurpose. i sat and looked at these delicate illustrations i had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
emie - i adapted it from prairie home companions News From Lake Wobegone segment.. garrison keilor always says it like this: the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve... where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2014 on we want you to be satisfied at Dispatch From LA
i seem to really enjoy sleepwalking at night into my living room, rummaging through my bookcases, and hiding my books from myself. i have no idea why i do this except that someone has to be doing it. i live... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
hi katherine i will definitely keep you updated on how the binocs work out. i got them instead of a telescope because every stargazing site i looked at had a piece of advice i thought was sage: when choosing binocs or telescopes get the thing that you will USE consistently and easily. that was esp. for beginners like me. when i saw how well my regular binocs worked i decided to start with these astro binocs. they had excellent reviews and were inexpensive. i can already see they will be my terrestrial binocs from now on too, because they are so powerful and perfect for dolphin spotting at the ocean. eventually i would love to get a telescope!!!
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on moonstruck at Dispatch From LA
the moon looks almost exactly like this tonight. see the silver crescent? and the shadow across the face of the moon? that's earthshine! i learned that last night. over HERE. how mother truckin' cool is that?! With an age of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
i enjoyed trying out all of the different blues in my watercolor palette today. the tablecloth was begging to be painted into my sketchbook. so i obliged. i remembered hearing about THIS app - waterlogue. it turns photos into watercolor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
hi loretta, adding the gum arabic keeps the gouache pans from crumbling. it looks the same to me. i love the chalky matte look to gouache. if you added too much gum arabic it would probably have more of a sheen and be less opaque. i think the key is adding enough not to crumble, but not too much. when i retry it in the coming weeks i will let you know how it goes!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on keeping a visual record at Dispatch From LA
cortney, lately im drawing from life - right at my kitchen table. medicine cabinet is from a photo i took then looked at on my computer screen, which i sat in front of and sketched. i agree about using photos, especially for larger scenes. definitely makes things easier. whatever works!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on keeping a visual record at Dispatch From LA
i like this watercolor palette so much i decided to use the same kind for my gouache. i'll squeeze out new paint into full pans as i run out, using THIS method. yeah that method. the one i pronounced too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
every couple of days one of the students will check to make sure we are having our after-lunch storytime. i always reply like this: of course! a day without storytime is like ... i barely have time to make an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
ha ha ha!!! i have used that gouache - a friend has some. its just matte acrylic paint. i think. but the colors are awfully pretty. cheap craft paint is...well cheaper...and does the same thing. for me anyway...
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2014 on gouache at Dispatch From LA
as i've mentioned before, i am strictly a beginner where gouache is concerned. i haven't used it enough consistently to really know what i'm doing. which is why i decided to start playing around with it everyday. so far i've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
gouache is like opaque watercolor. i find it more difficult to use than watercolor because its opaque, but i love the matte velvety finish. i personally like rewetting my pans of gouache and getting it to a creamy consistency with the brush. then i load my brush with paint. the difficult part for me is creating different values. it is plenty of fun! give it a whirl and see what you think..
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2014 on sketchbook at Dispatch From LA
my daily gouache paintings. SO FAR... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
i've missed my gouache, so on sunday i sat down at the kitchen table and painted the pot of orchids. painting white things is a challenge. let's not kid ourselves. painting ANYTHING is a challenge. i decided to give my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
hi keitha thanks for the stamp link. cant take credit for the quote its a garrison keilor prairie home companion reference said about lake wobegone. i changed it to suit ME & mine
shirley - i got it a decade ago and thus cannot remember
over half a dozen pictures of my brand spanking new sketchbook. which is frankly. about a half a dozen too many, but you don't mind, do you? all of the clever illustrations on the covers are courtesy of a sara... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
susan - i have no idea, but it is very common. should be easy enough to locate in any hardware store
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2014 on howdy! at Dispatch From LA
today i'm building my new visual journal with those old book covers from a german book i mentioned in a recent post. it's only fitting that i use some of this nice heavy german paper i got in amsterdam on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
a few fabulous finds. this children's book with a wide array of super cool hand-lettered type. plenty of good ideas for visual journalists of all stripes, right? the title is HOT JAZZ SPECIAL by jonny hannah. this inspirationally fantastic blog... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Dispatch From LA
here it is! my kremer pigmente metal watercolor palette. if you've shopped around lately you'll know that empty palettes are extremely expensive. i found this one to be, if not cheap, then certainly quite reasonable. it now holds ALL of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Dispatch From LA