In December I wrote a post about the show I was in at Light Grey Art Lab. I created a composition of glass bottles for their 6 Degrees show, and in the process I discovered a fun style where I painted gouache over pencil lines.
I was inspired to keep exploring the possibilities of this technique when I started my November patterns.
The main thing I learned this month is that pencil lines smear! I had to get the color on the paper quick, preferably only brushing over the pencil once, otherwise it might lift up. You can see what I mean in the image below. I painted the darkest teal shape first, and the color was a lot more opaque than I expected.
I had to carefully lift it off as much as I could, and the result is that some of the pencil lines were lifted off the page as well.
As the month went by I got better about being quick with the paint and had fun exploring a wide variety of subjects for the patterns.
Despite a few challenges, I came up with a nice variety of patterns, and by the end of the month it was a lot easier getting successful results.