Calligraphy

"Make every stroke count"

2 monthes ago   |   By Gurney Journey

Stop and think for a second before you place a stroke. Consider how the stroke is going to look before you lay it down. Then commit to it. Don't move the brush three times when once will do.
Painting in gouache helps train this awareness. When you paint in water media, leave a passage alone once it starts to dry. Let it dry fully before you add more. Place the wettest layers on the first pass, and use drier strokes later in the process as you build opaque colors.
I learned all this stuff from my early years doing calligraphy, where you only get one chance to make a stroke, and you can't...
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