oil painting acrylic gouache water-colour collage drawing
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Gouache, and Mixed Media by Rosie Britton
Probably nothing liberates painters quite as much as using mixed media. Suddenly all the old rules are up for grabs, and the only question is, "Does it work?".
I love the fluidity and unpredictability of using dyes and inks, and often choose them for free-flowing,organic subjects, especially woodland.For underlying texture I love to use gesso, or a collage including scraps of old watercolours. Pens, pencils and charcoal often combine with a variety of different paints surprisingly well.
There are, of course, so many options, especially when one is not too concerned about how long things will last: pressed grasses, leaves and flowers; sand, mud and grit; local organic pigments acquired on holidays abroad. And to use as implements: picked-up feathers, reeds and twigs provide a wonderful freedom from constraint and a sense of connectedness with the environment in which one is working.
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