Brou de Noix
On Tuesday, my friend Ronell came over for our weekly painting session, but this time she had a strange new substance with her : Brou de Noix in French, which we decided should be translated by walnut stain. This is traditionally used to darken beams in old houses, and my previous contact with it had been to try to lighten beams which had been treated with this stuff by a previous owner. I watched her out of the corner of my eye (pretending all the while to draw the still life I’d set up) and it looked like she was making a terrible mess on her paper – then she had to pack up and leave early. That night I checked her blog and there was a gorgeous still life! You can see it here or click on African Tapestry in my blogroll.
So, I went out this morning and bought a bottle of the stuff – a lifetime supply for less than $4.00 – and tried my hand at it, shamelessly using almost the exact same still life – minus our friend’s gorgeous shoes.
I’m addicted now – it’s a lot of fun to work with, straight from the bottle,or slightly diluted. After I worked into it with conté crayon, but the final white touches were done with pastel – the conté just isn’t bright enough.