The milky way

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.

24 Comments on “The milky way”

  1. Chris Rusk says:

    Hi Shari
    Sounds really interesting. With milk as a carrier, is there any odour? Do they store the same as regular gouache?

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  2. Shari, I appreciate having a quiet moment to appreciate your introduction to the “milky way” of artwork.


  3. Cindi McNutt says:

    Amazing job, as usual!


  4. Tylara says:

    HI Shari, I’ve been looking for a tutorial on how to paint frost on windows as the formations have been beautiful. It occurred to me that this chalky paint might be fun for that. Have you ever done a ‘frost on window’ painting?


  5. Carol Cooney says:

    I like it Shari, think you did a super job!!


  6. nelvanl says:

    What an example you are! How brave you are, always trying new things!
    You just go on with your bad self, LOL!
    It looks great to me too!


  7. Donna says:

    Looking forward to more comments on this paint. Your painting certainly show good results.


  8. joantav says:

    I’ve never used this medium so I have no idea how similar it is to gouache. Looks like you handled it well. Nicely done!


  9. JudySopher says:

    I lost the first comment I wrote and will try again. First, it does not look like a first try with casein. Great grapes. I agree that casein is just as you described it. Except for the smell. It reminds me of white shoe polish, at least from years ago. Before I went into pre-med at college, I was in nursing training for a year. And I polished my white shoes many times. I can still smell it just thinking about it.

    So to end this–did you like using casein? Would you keep using it?


    • Judy, I did receive this comment. Thanks for your description of the smell of casein. It is not at all unpleasant, just odd. It reminded you of shoe polish. It reminded me of wet newspapers or perhaps the mix you make when making papier mache. Damp and earthy. But nothing I can’t tolerate. I liked trying casein and for sure I will use it again because I’m determined to try the casein challenge.


  10. Linda Murray says:

    Whoa! Looks pretty darned good to me! 😄


  11. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear Shari,

    Beautiful sketch on grapes and bananas.
    And I love your special attention on those PLU stickers.



  12. Nice banannas and grapes, I really like how you used dull purples in the background.


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