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Gouache Painting on Polyester Fabric

August 15, 2010

Here’s another gouache painting I just started yesterday. It’s 8 x 10 inches.


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Unlike the last painting where I toned the surface with acrylic ink, this time I’m starting with watercolors and painting over that with gouache.

Partially painted surface


Detail


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The surface is polyester fabric. The local Target store near me was having a sale on bathroom supplies, so I bought a couple of white shower curain liners that are 100% polyester, about 6 feet square, for @ $6 each. They’re very thin like cotton muslin, but quite strong and easy to cut. Too thin to stretch on frames, but can easily be mounted to a firm support. Here I used an acrylic spray adhesive, Loctite, and glued them to a sheet of hardboard I had available.

Polyester shower liner

Gouache adheres to this extremely well. The texture allows the paint to be applied almost like a dry marker, but smooth enough to not be a problem, and wet paint glides across it like paper. Wet washes flow very nicely. Plus, polyester will not swell with moisture as natural fibers would. I like it.

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3 comments

  1. Hi David;

    When the gouache acts almost like a dry marker, does that mean you’re putting it on with a dry brush in contrast to diluted wet paint?

    It’s a really interesting idea; I happen to have a shower liner just purchased recently that might be used.

    Thanks,

    Nancy


  2. With fresh paint on the tip of the brush you can lightly drag it across the surface and create a fuzzy dry brush effect. This is an excellent way to blend colors without actually mixing the paint. It works easier on this surface than on paper, I believe, due to the fabric texture.

    Be certain that the liner you have is not PET which is a continuous plastic sheet. These are woven fabrics. You should have better selection at a fabric store. These liners had creases that I had to iron out first.


  3. Thank you David; you’re always helpful and interesting.



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