The milky wayPosted: March 16, 2020
These days at home are the perfect time to try out new materials. Coincidentally I just received a set of casein paints for the Jack Richeson Casein 2020 online challenge.
I don’t know much about casein except that it’s milk-based, so I figured I would just jump in and try it. Using only primary colours and white, I painted a small still life on the back of a failed painting that was on Fabriano paper.
I tried painting both transparently and opaquely, since casein is somewhat like gouache. I also tried some strokes of dry brush which worked well on the textured paper. After my first attempt, I will say that this is going to take some getting used to. The paint is flat and chalky, but that could be my own ignorance for choosing the wrong surface or the wrong colours. I’ll have to do lots more playing before deciding if I like it or not. I found gouache hard to use in the beginning too, but that’s getting easier so maybe this will too.