Had a look around the studio and saw my friend using glue and watercolour together. I’ve always liked layering and that process of “building up” a piece in stages so this really appealed to me. (Thanks Jo) So I thought I’d play around on my day off!
Basically just a series of washes with glue after every one for texture. This could make a really good backdrop for a portrait or pen drawing I think, a lot more interesting than just roughing over the background in charcoal. I personally find it pretty difficult to know where to start when it’s just a blank canvas, so I reckon this could kill two birds with one stone: an interesting, dynamic, textural backdrop and a nice way of relaxing the eye and making it easy to kick off the drawing/painting.
I might even add a couple more layers! Included are some of the stages, the finished scan, and some sections from the final thing.
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