Above: Journal Spread from a 6 x 8 inch journal (12 inches wide) made with Gutenberg paper. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen and light washes of gouache. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I'd forgotten about this piece, of which I'm quite fond. The gouache is mostly used in light washes like watercolor, except for the back and sides. The green rectangles that are uniform and have flecks in them are paper I collaged in place.
I'd been sketching all day with a group of sketchers but wanted to start my new journal when I got home. This sketch was from a dog-park photo I'd taken years ago. Within two weeks of this drawing I'd met a new adorable Frenchie who is now part of my current dog portrait painting project. I'll have sketches and paintings of her in future weeks.
In this image I think you can see that I was having great fun with the ink and the paint on this paper. The texture is really fun to work with. I told you all that earlier this month, but it really is fun to work on.
The background is intentionally mottled. I laid in the color and then when it was almost all dry I sprayed it with water and dabbed it with a paper towel to pick up the loosened paint. The paper's texture helped increase the mottled look.