i've been messing around with white shiva casein paint, seeing what i can do with it. the reason i got it was because i was looking for a gesso-like paint that wasn't acrylic. so far i like it better than gesso...
sir charles edward - pencil, colored pencil, casein paint, gouache, oil pastel, soft pastel & watercolors in zecchi journal ~ 3.5 x 5
you can paint on it with watercolors and gouache and it doesn't dissolve, but if you get your finger wet and smear it around on the surface, viola! you'll cover up or 'fade out' what you've already done. sir charles once had a body...
dancing shoes - colored pencil, casein paint, gouache, soft pastel & watercolors in zecchi journal ~ 3.5 x 5
and you can dig into it... the butterfly in the upper left was done by digging into it with an awl. anything you can easily dig into is at the top of my list.
most of the opaque color on these pages is pelikan gouache, which i'm growing to love more every day. thank you, olivia, for turning me on to it...
some close-ups so you can see more of the texture. i left them big if you want to click.
unnamed angel - soft pastel, colored pencil, pencil, gouache & casein paint in zecchi journal ~ 3.5 x 5
i feel like i've found another 'ingredient' that'll enable me to paint what and how i want to paint. its only drawback is that it smells like the stuff they used to mop the floors with in grade school when it's wet (pine-sol with an edge). it's odorless when dry, though.
it comes in big tubes for $11.26 at dick blick...
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"In the universe there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors."
~ William Blake, via tumblr