Cindy Skillman wrote:Have you folks tried using honey as a binder? I’m not making my own paints (though I may since you have inspired me, when I have more time), but my favorite commercial brand uses honey as its binder. BTW, very impressed with your beautiful kestrel! Just lovely.
Hi Cindy, I do use honey in the media, but honey by itself would just remain very sticky and never dry. It's the gum that actually does the binding, but gum Arabic is only one of the gum possibilities that can be used. It just has to be a water soluble gum. One of the other commenters above mentioned that they use the peach or wild cherry gums and high on my list of things to try this year are some of our native binder possibilities. I'm really hoping the sweet gum yields a good binder, since we have so many of those trees here. I'm glad you love the kestrel! Right now I'm working on a series of Twisted Trees and I'm really loving those. On my list of things to do soon is to make my own oil colors using the same pigments, and a goshawk is first on the list of things I want to paint next. Keep in touch and let us know how it goes when you start making some paints!
Here's a Twisted Tree monochrome done in the color I got from a tan colored sandstone. It made a beautiful earthy yellow. I'm not finished with one of the roots in this photo, but you can see where it's going :)