Birds are such an inspiration to the artist, so full of movement, color and ever changing form. With gouache, an opaque watercolor, and some practice, you can learn to paint every little detail of our feathered friends and make realistic illustrations.
In this second workbook on birds (it's not necessary to have completed the first one as this is a stand alone workbook) I can help you along your way. The four demonstrations give step by step instructions for creating illustrations of an Eastern Meadowlark, an American Robin, an Eastern Bluebird and a Wood Duck.
So, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned artist wanting to brush up on gouache, find a quiet place and spend some time with your paper, brushes and paint and learn some techniques for painting with gouache.
The materials you'll need are:
watercolor paper: I recommend #140 hot press because you can get clear details on a smoother paper
watercolor brushes: At least a #1 round, a 4/0 round and an 18/0 or 20/0 round; think small!
pencil: I use a soft 4B
tracing paper: to transfer your drawing to your watercolor paper. If you have a light box use that
gouache: make sure to get a good quality paint. I use Winsor & Newton but there are several
good brands on the market:
Permanent White Opera Pink
Olive Green Primary Blue
Burnt Umber Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna Marigold Yellow
Spectrum Yellow Spectrum Red
This 58 page workbook is available as either a downloadable pdf ($7.95) or as a printed book ($12.95 plus $3.00 shipping). The print copy can be ordered through this web site or it's also available on Amazon.
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More Painting Birds in Gouache
Easy to Follow, Step by Step Demonstrations
to Create Detailed Illustrations