You will need:
- Schmincke HORADAM® GOUACHE in 15 ml tubes in titanium white (12102), cadmium yellow light (12224), cadmium orange (12236), cadmium red deep (12348), quinacridone violet (12360), helio turquoise (12478), cobalt blue light (12470), cobalt green deep (12466), olive green (12532), raw umber (12642), Vandyke brown (12652), neutral grey (12785)
- Schmincke AQUA modelling paste, fine (50706)
- ruptured newspaper
- Watercolour paper 500 g/m² (e.g. Andalucia by Hahnemühle)
- Pencil, natural charcoal sticks, painting spatula, brushwith 40 mm width (e.g. Forte Synthetics Series 5036 by da Vinci)
As I like to work in series, I prepare three painting grounds with AQUA modelling paste fine at the same time. To bring the surface to life, I glue a torn strip of newspaper with AQUA modelling paste fine on one of the vertical third lines. Here I keep in mind the rules of the golden section (2/3 to 1/3 proportion). I cover the desired area with a thin layer of modelling paste, arrange the newspaper in small folds and finely press it with a painting spatula. The remainders of the paste spread over the collage and over parts of the painting.
After the structure has completely dried, the first coat of colour is applied. What I like most about HORADAM®GOUACHE is the visual depth of the velvet-matt drying colours. They also convince me with their natural, pigment-determined covering power. Since I do not intend to continue the serial character in the colour system, I choose a different colour tone for each of the three paintings. I apply the colour simultaneously, but in different ways.
- I glaze a mixture of cadmium yellow light and olive green over the paste in the left half of the painting and agitate the brush with diluted paint residues so that they splash into the painting.
- I brighten a mixture of helio turquoise and cobalt green deep with titanium white and proceed likewise on the right half of the painting.
- I glaze a mixture of helio turquoise and quinacridone violet (thinned with water) from the upper right and lower leftparts with a brush. I then spray onto the paint edges with a spray bottle.
- In the last step, I take colour residues of titanium white and the mixed yellow-green on the spatula blade and spread it over the entire painting surface with the flat spatula "as if I were ironing". The colours only ad here to the raised structured areas.