This journal was an exercise in seeing my world thought the eyes of the little sister I nearly had. My parents had gone through the adoption process but cancelled when my Grandmother became ill and came to live with us. I’ve always wondered about Leslie (the name my parents chose for her) knowing she’s out there somewhere. She has a different name, a different family and no idea how much she’s been missed. I truly hope her life has been as blessed as mine. This month was all about what might have been.
Leslie was fortunate to have access to my studio including two brands of gouache to choose from to create her journal. She used the inexpensive Royal & Langnickel Artist Paint for the first half of April and Schmincke Horodam Gouache for the second. Don’t be fooled by R & L’s liberal use of the “Artist” word… this paint is definitely student grade.
Although there were twelve paints to work with in the R & L line, Leslie far preferred to use Schmincke’s limited selection of six. Not only were they easier to blend but they’re opaque without being chalky. There’s even an difference in texture of the dried paint on the page. R & L is far grittier. Schmincke, even when thickly applied, still feels smooth.
This was definitely a case of “you get what you pay for”. These select Schmincke paints are still available as a set from Wet Paint. Get yours now, mix them, play with them… paint like crazy. It’s the only way to know how gouache works.
Who knows… as it was with Leslie, it may become your preferred media.