Grisaille Technique

grisaille (/ɡrɪˈz/ or /ɡrɪˈzl/Frenchgris [ɡʁizaj] ‘grey’) is a painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish colour.[1] It is particularly used in large decorative schemes in imitation of sculpture. Many grisailles include a slightly wider colour range, like the Andrea del Sarto fresco illustrated. Paintings executed in brown are referred to as brunaille, and paintings executed in green are called verdaille.[2]

A grisaille may be executed for its own sake, as underpainting for an oil painting (in preparation for glazing layers of colour over it) 

Wikipedia, Grisaille, accessed 30 Jan 2018

How did we go about our seascape painting in acrylic?

We started with a tonal underpainting using black and white.  Using Mars Black and Titanium Black and mixing grey of various shades in-between.  The idea was to concentrate on tonal value.  We then glazed with acrylic ink or acrylic mixed with glazing medium to add the colour.  You can see the results below…

Gnosall Seascape Gallery – Spring Term 2018

Bradley Seascape Gallery – Spring Term 2018


Seascapes – Grisaille technique using Acrylic

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