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Exploring special papers. An art series with Alex Tolstoy

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Paint along with Alex Tolstoy, and discover the texture, qualities and benefits of painting on oddball papers. Broadcasting live from from Virginia in March, April and May. Video recordings are included in the price.


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CLASS I: GYOTAKU
- Painting on thin rice paper

Broadcast 19 March '24


SUMMARY

Gyotaku comes from an old Japanese method of recording fish catches (perhaps a good idea for your favourite fisherman?).


These days you can use the approach to capture amazing detail beyond just fish sizes, shapes, and textures. Using block paints and thin rice paper we will first show how the fish is painted and then go on to consider other subjects such as ivy leaves (or anything with texture).


Highlights video:

Painting examples:

 

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RECOMMENDED MATERIALS (not essential)

Rice paper (yasutomo sumi painting roll, available on Amazon, or shuji gami roll on Blick's)

Block printing inks, particularly black

Paper towels

Paper plates

Wax paper

Old newspaper

Latex gloves

Water

Whole fish

Some leaves e.g. ivy

Large flat brush (1-2 in wide) for the ink

Watercolour brushes (size 10 and a small one, e.g., rigger)

A few watercolours (indigo, other blues and greens and neutral tint)

White gouache


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CLASS II: WASHI & BLACK
- Painting on handmade (Washi) paper and on black watercolour paper

Broadcasting Tuesday 16 April '24 @ 3:30pm UK time


SUMMARY

Handmade paper is textured and highly absorbent. This makes for interesting, soft results as we shall see.


Black WC paper can result in striking images where the black is contrasted with the white or light colours of the painting. Additionally, metallic and shimmer colours show up really well on the black.


Painting examples: (sent to you the day before the event, along with the link to join)

 

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RECOMMENDED MATERIALS (not essential)

Handmade washi paper (Shinzen, Rough, 140 lbs)

Black wc paper pad cold press 10x14 (Stonehenge, 140 lbs)

Paper towels

Q-tips

Pencil (standard)

White charcoal pencil

* White gouache

WC (Watercolour) paints to your preference

Water

WC brushes (sizes 8, 10, and a small one, e.g., rigger)

metallic paint (Linka paints) and/or iridescent paints

Schminke gold powder


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CLASS III: YUPO
- Painting on Yupo

Broadcasting Tuesday 14 May '24 @ 3:30pm UK time


SUMMARY

This material never needs flattening and leaves puddles of paint which dry to make wonderful, unexpected features. It is also very erasable. You'll be amazed at what you can create!


Painting examples: (sent to you the day before the event, along with the link to join)

 

or message on the Patron WhatsApp 

 
RECOMMENDED MATERIALS (not essential)

Yupo "paper" (white, 74 lbs)

Q-tips

Paper towels

Water

White gouache

WC paints in a variety of colors (indigo, Aussie red-gold, green apatite genuine, neutral tint, quin gold, bright yellow,...)

Brushes (#8, 10, and fine, e.g., rigger)


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