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For this small work I wanted to try something different, I wanted to have both some pencil drawing and watercolor paint, but I wanted the drawing to as much a part of the painting as the paint.
I started by making a detailed pencil drawing on paper.
To fix the pencil drawing, I painted on top with acrylic gel medium.
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Gel mediums are ideal for extending a heavy body paint, to create impasto, relief, or sculptural effects. – Gel Medium, Gloss
The paper I did draw on is a bit fin, so I glue it on a thicker watercolor paper using gel medium and a brayer.
I then paint with watercolors on top of the gel medium once it dried. It is very similar to painting on yupo paper as you can take off any excess paint with a tissue paper.