Doing a course with Jill at Look and Draw this week. It's all about making paint. It seems you can make paint from almost anything - i.e. pigment plus water, pigment plus glue, pigment plus egg, and so on. I'm finding it very interesting. Lots to make use of in future.
Yesterday we made traditional rabbit skin size and gesso and then used these in a not-so-traditional way. After sizing the working surface (both sides), we then applied some collage using the gesso. The gesso acted as a glue and could also be painted over the collage. Then we could draw on top of it and scratch into it. For instance...
I got very excited about using these materials - hope to use them again.
In the meantime, today we used the pigment to make inks, water colours, eggy paints and gouache. And tomorrow it's egg tempura. Then onto beeswax and oil paints! Phew! (I'm making lots of notes).