6x6 Gouache on panel, Varnished with cold wax medium. Black floater frame.
From my original Instagram post:
6x6 Gouache on Ampersand Aquabord varnished with cold wax medium.
If you're not familiar with gouache, it's similar to watercolor, except that watercolor is very transparent, while gouache paint is opaque. It's more forgiving than watercolor, as it allows you to paint light colors over dark, which is practically impossible with watercolor. It dries very matt, which allows it to be scanned or photographed without worrying about the glare you would get from an oil painting. This is why it was used, years ago, by illustrators and graphic designers, so artwork could quickly and easily be scanned for use in magazines.
Cool tip for gouache or watercolor artists, you can use cold wax medium as a varnish when painting on hardboard. (Your mileage may vary if you're using paper. I'm not sure if the cold wax would crack, once it cures?).
To my eye, the colors may have darkened a tad. Or maybe they just got more saturated? Hard to say. But i do know, that i love not needing to frame the painting behind glass.
Also, I'm loving these floater frames by Christopher Company, LTD. (They look as great standing on a mantel as they do hanging on a wall). @christopherltd
I'm finally getting around to framing paintings for the upcoming #ChesterCountyStudioTour in September. (More news on that, coming soon).