Featured Artist: Riso Chan
Riso Chan is an artist and creative teacher based in Amsterdam. She grew up in an artistic environment, her mother being a sculptor, which inspired her to explore her own creativity from an early age. She believes that portraits can be a very powerful way to express emotions and human beauty. It is a language on its own, that doesn’t use words to communicate, this is why most of her work revolves around portraits. Riso works mainly with watercolor and gouache, although she also experiments with digital painting occasionally.
Challenge: Face of Emotion
This month we are providing you with the tools and inspiration to explore Gouache (pronounced ‘gwosh’) paint. A water-based medium that is like a mash-up of water colour and acrylic, these paints give a flatter matte finish and are much more opaque than standard water colours. Use the paints a little thicker that you would a normal watercolour and try your hand at producing an emotive portrait. Use the inspiration from our featured artist to paint bold strokes and build up layers to create texture. Who will you choose to paint and which emotion will you try and convey?
What was in the box?
Daler Rowney Aquafine Gouache – https://amzn.to/2FeOITz
This colour pack is an ideal introduction to Aquafine Gouache watercolour paints. Aquafine watercolours are made from a careful selection of modern high-quality pigments milled to perfection to offer optimal performance and control. These rich colours have beautiful pigmentation and properties that produce beautiful, delicate washes every time. These paints combine a modern way of using watercolour with the traditional essentials that come with using this medium, which makes this innovative range ideal for mixed media as well as traditional techniques.
Royal Talens Van Gogh 191 Series Brush – https://amzn.to/2sFw3h5
Van Gogh brushes are made with the utmost of care and craftsmanship. This 191 series (No. 6) is a round brush made with high quality golden synthetic hair. The fine tip makes it great for controlled detail, but with a little pressure can produce bold thick strokes. The flexible and strong bristles makes it resistant to wear so it’s a great brush for everyday use. It is also designed with a high density of hair so it can hold a large amount of paint, making it the perfect instrument for gouache watercolour painting.
Lyra Robinson 3B Pencil – https://amzn.to/2Fg66r0
This is an outstanding quality wood and lead pencil from Lyra. These pencils are fast becoming a very popular drawing product because of their high quality build and their reliable use. It’s a very smart looking drawing instrument, with a high-gloss blue colouring, a coloured dipped end and gold embossed grading. It certainly makes for a great addition to your pencil collection and the soft core will give a nice dark line.
KUM Natural Eraser – https://amzn.to/2QCkShf
This simple high quality eraser can eliminate most pencil lines without causing any unsightly smudging, smearing or bleeding. It is made of a high-grade material that is soft and gentle, ensuring there is no unnecessary straining to your paper. It is extremely versatile and can be used on a variety of different surfaces such as paper, cardboard and wood. The KUM eraser is also made from natural materials, so it is free of PVC, latex and phthalates.
Bockingford CP Watercolour Paper – https://amzn.to/2FaumLk
A very popular watercolour paper that is highly absorbent, with a beautiful textured look and feel. It is traditionally made at St Cuthberts Mill, using a high alpha cellulose. It has an attractive surface that is created using natural woollen felts which gives the paper a beautifully textured finish that is very stable, and with excellent colour lifting abilities.