Gouache Paint Recipe
Materials: Tempered glass slab, glass muller, paint tube or paint pans, sieve, palette knife, mortar & pestle
Pigments used for swatch: Hopi Sunflower Lake Pigment (LC)
3 tsp lake pigment powder
10 - 25 ml PVA - Polyvinyl Alcohol. The amount varies depending on pigment absorption level, you may need to add more or less.
1 tsp chalk filler optional* (for increasing opacity)
1/4 tsp Gum Arabic optional
Paint Making Steps
1. Grind down 3 tsp pigment in a mortar and pestle to avoid clumps. Then strain the pigment through a sieve onto a tempered glass slab.
Note: The Hollyhock, Black-eyed Susan, and Coreopsis lake pigments came from full-concentration (FC) dye baths while all other swatches were made from leftover dye baths at low concentration (LC).