Every year or so, most of the women from my Dad’s side of the family, commonly known as ‘The Battle Women’, (sounds just a bit cool – my maiden name was Battle) spend a weekend away.
These are excellent weekends. It’s fabulous to catch up and I’m really lucky to be related to some incredibly interesting and lovely women.
Anyway, quite a few years ago we all went to Stanthorpe together. And one of the activities that was planned was a Cooking Lesson and spectacular meal at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. Eight of us cooked four different recipes, then we all ate them together (with some very lovely wines).
My Aunty Sonia (with my Mum, below) and I made this Chinese Duck Coleslaw and, if I do say so myself, it was AWESOME.
So if you get the chance to make it yourself, I recommend making an occasion of it because you’re gonna LOVE IT!
Click the image to download a pdf of the illustration. Enjoy!
Thanks for coming by and checking out my new, improved (I hope) website!
I’ve changed platforms (now back to wordpress) in an effort to integrate the varied parts of my business, and bringing the reservations for Paint Alongs into the main site as well.
Please bear with me if there are any glitches in these first few days – and please let me know if you find any typos or broken links!
I’m manually moving blog posts across, so that’ll take a little bit of time too.
Here’s cheers to the next chapter of Shiny Happy Art and all the wonderful things just around the corner…!
I first found out that there were different kinds of white many years ago in calligraphy class. We were using gouache paints (a type of opaque watercolour) and I can remember learning that there were four different types of Winsor and Newton whites, and all had different degrees of opacity and permanence.
In my current, painting-in-acrylic world, there are two whites I use all the time. Titanium White and Zinc White. In the pic above I’m holding one of each, and they both come in the tube (Golden Heavy Body) form and the bottle (Golden Fluids).
If you look really closely, just above the colour name on both the tube and the bottle there are three black diagonal lines (the Golden paint people actually handpaint a swash of each paint onto the label) and by painting it over these lines, you can see how transparent or opaque the colour is. You can only just see the lines on the Titanium White tube.
So, now that you know what you’re looking for, you can see that Titanium White is quite opaque, while Zinc White is quite transparent. (Just ignore the yellow and aqua splodges on the bottle – things get a bit messy ’round here.)
Great, so how do you use these two types in practice?
Because Titanium White is so opaque, it’s great for covering the colours underneath – that means you can paint over parts of your acrylic painting and start again if you need to. It’s like Liquid Paper!
I use this white to mix pastel colours and by itself, as one of my last painting stages, to add highlights and my signature ‘swirls and curls’.
On the other hand, Zinc White is transparent, which makes it ideal for tints and glazes.
To explain a ‘tint’, understand that when you start with red and add Titanium White, you’ll get an opaque, rosy pink. If you add Zinc White, you’ll get a transparent, lighter red. I’ve demonstrated this in the pic below.
I also regularly use Zinc White to overpaint my background colour – to lighten it, without taking away all the colour.
I used this technique to ‘knock’ the background back on my “Poppies” paint along painting as well.
They are lovely, lovely paints to use and I do stock them in my studio if you’re keen to get some for yourself!