I've been busy with illustration projects, which is definitely good in this economy. Right now I'm working on a book about Ogres which has been lots of fun. But because of such quick deadlines for everything, I have doing everything digitally. I miss my paint. I've been wanting to experiment with some different things for a while, but haven't had the chance. So when a friend asked me if I could draw a picture of some pioneer boots for a church activity, I figured this was the perfect chance.
I sketched out the boots and then scanned them and printed them out on Arches 80 lb hotpress watercolor paper. I have a regular sized hp inkjet printer, so the ink will bleed if it gets wet. So first I sprayed the printout thoroughly with fixitif. After that dried, I painted over the picture with Matte Medium. This turned the drawing into a dark blue thick outline, but the ink didn't run. Next I painted the boots with watercolor, and finally I finished the whole thing up with pastel pencils.
The things I discovered: First, that I can successfully print out a drawing and paint over it without the drawing bleeding into a big blob. Second, that this technique makes dark thick outlines, so it's not as successful with watercolor unless I want this certain look. But it would work well with an opaque acrylic painting. Third, I like the blue undertones the ink gives the painting. Fourth, Matte Medium makes an awesome texture!! (Too bad you can't see it very well). I love it. I need to work more with texture. Fifth, someday I will own a large format printer with waterproof ink so I can do wicked awesome paintings tout les jours. That was long. That's all.