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Magic painting for grown ups

June 29, 2009

I’ve just discovered a new technique called false engraving that I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with.  The final reveal stage of this technique is magic!

The first step is to paint out the image using thick gouche/tempera.  All the darkest areas of the image should be left unpainted.  As follows:

Initial gouche underpainting

Initial gouche underpainting

After this layer is completely dry the whole sheet is covered in indian ink and allowed to dry again.

The final stage is to hold the image under running water to wash away the excess ink and reveal the final image.

Final image

Final image

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