Phthalo Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone GoldPaint 

White Gouache

1” Flat Brush
1” Bristle Brush
3” Hake Brush
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 sheet
Cold Pressed
Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on

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Indigo and White Gouache

The beauty of this type of sky is the unpredictable interaction of the Indigo watercolor and White Gouache. You will have a fair amount of control over where the two pigments merge, but the amount of bleeding, feathering and merging depends, to a large extent, on the amount of moisture present. The trick is to intervene just enough to keep things under control


  • Bleeding edges
    Use your dry Hake brush to make adjustments to the Gouache but be sure to leave areas untouched so they bleed slowly into one another. This is where you will get those beautiful feathery bleed marks.

  • Darker towards the horizon
    Try and keep the Indigo darker at the bottom of the sky. This will help pick up the lights in your centre of interest.

  • Hake Brush
    Have an old towel handy to keep your hake brush as dry as possible when you feather out the sky

  • Substitute Colors
    Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you don’t have Phthalo Blue. Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      



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