Blue Star Mandala
It has been a long time since I used my gouache paints. I simply wanted to try out how gouache, coloured pencils and markers got on together. So I coloured my pencil drawing with gouache first, using ultramarine pure in the outer round frame, and ultramarine mixed with white in the inside. I then painted the star, adding less white to the ultramarine than I did inside the round frame, thereby getting a blue which is lighter then the outside frame but darker than the space between the corners of the star. I then grabbed the tube with the lemon yellow and–got a foamy liquid but not a creamy paint. Obviously lying around for such a long time was not so good for the content of the tube. However I managed to get some creamy paint after a while.
When the painting was dry I went over it with my coloured pencils. I had the impression that gouache and coloured pencils doesn’t work as well together as watercolour and coloured pencils do: the surface which you get when the gouache paint has dried is much rougher than that of the dry watercolour. Then I proceeded with markers–and here I noticed that you can blend markers very nicely on top of the gouache surface. So this is something I will continue to play with!