Why Is Gouache So Expensive?

There are two general gouache price points, affordable and expensive. With affordable gouache paints, I get the look and feel I expect just not its full potential.  Gouache paint consists of pigment suspended in a binder, usually gum Arabic, just as is watercolor. However gouache has larger particles and more pigment in its binder. It also includes an inert, white […]

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7 Sins of Gouache

Like the seven deadly sins, art media have behaviors that are a challenge to overcome. The key to dealing with them is avoiding or limiting their effects.  As a scribe, I’ve messed up work every way possible. Those were my gouache learning experiences while detecting its sins. Let me tell you what I’ve found. An upper gouache layer may re-moisten my […]

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Why Buy More Scribal Paint Colors?

Scribes painting preprint scrolls. When I was painting preprint awards with scribes at a recent event, I was asked what colors I preferred. I had commented on colors I missed having because the paints provided for our use were Reeves gouache paint sets. I missed the colors I used at home. Gouache is an opaque watercolor used by professional artists to create illustrations […]

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Holiday Scribal Gift Ideas

Are you a scribe wondering what to get that want-to-be scribe in your life for Christmas or 12th Night? How about putting together a scribal gift-pack collection? When looking at John Neal Bookseller‘s web page, like a kid dreaming for a Christmas present, I came across this unique item offered by a professional watercolorist. It is a paint dot card. I’ve made similar cards for […]

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My 10 Favorite Scribal Materials and Tools

I’ve been a scribe way over 20 years and along the way I have collected materials and tools. Some end up in a bin never to see the light of day again. Other’s become as necessary to me as water.  Here’s my 10 favorite scribal materials and tools, except for paint and paper towels. Things I can’t do without when I create an original scroll.  Ames Lettering Guide— This helps me draw goofproof calligraphy guide-lines with consistent line spacing. I’m also able to have the letter height different from the space between lines. It’s well worth learning how it works. Brause Calligraphy Nib—  I like these stiffer nibs because I still have a heavy hand. Their top reservoir and keen edge help me make clear, sharp letters. Calligrapher’s Bible by David Harris or another letter example.– I like this book because it lays flat and is a smaller size. I sometimes use my own hand-lettered examples that I’ve done on 3″ x 5″ cards. Computer– I use this for inspiration research such as scroll recipient’s interests on Facebook and original manuscript images. It saves time contacting friends for information and searching through university books.   Light Box— Mine is a Light Tracer Light Box II. I’ve had it for years. While it is slanted I have a large book under the back of it to slant it more. That makes for easier viewing and better ink flow. Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold pigment. I […]

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Craft Room Makeover

I now have a larger, enhanced sewing and painting room by turning a guest room into my craft and cardio space. Before: Closet Studio Before my calligraphy, illumination, and other painting was done in a walk-in closet. I used it as a studio. It had electricity, shelving, and tables but was devoid of inspiration, sun, and space.  I had to organize and clean to prepare for […]

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