Well I did another piece for my 14 day art challenge. Explored gouache by using it with pan watercolor in the painting of a lion. The group theme was “what’s my birthday sign.” As you can guess, I’m a Leo.
I bought a basic set of Arteza Gouache Paints. Since I’ve been exploring the use of watercolors, gouache seemed like a natural medium to use with watercolors. Gouache paint is similar to watercolors, however the pigments are modified to be opaque. It is similar to watercolor in that it can be re-wetted, it dries to a matte finish, and the paint can become infused with its paper support. Gouache dries to a different value than it appears when wet (lighter tones generally dry darker and darker tones tend to dry lighter), which they say can make color matching difficult, especially after the paint dries. When painting the lion, I had to spend time adding paint and water in small increments to match the colors when I ran out. However, I loved the quick coverage and total hiding power gouache had. The paint was able to cover my ink sketch. I felt the medium was comparable to painting with acrylics when it came to overlaying colors by having the same consistency and coverage. Moreover, like watercolor, is was easy to switch to different colors by doing a quick wash of my brush. If you want more of a watercolor wash, gouache can be thinned down by water so that has the same translucency as watercolor medium.
Gouache has been around for centuries and the art Masters used gouache with pastels, doing preliminary paintings and even under their oil paintings. Before using gouache, I never heard of gouache. In fact, when I looked for gouache in the Facebook art groups, I can count on one hand how many gouache groups there are on Facebook. I suspect gouache has been categorised with watercolor since it is water based, or tempura paints. I found a great tutorial by Minnie Small who does a great job in explaining gouache as well as the painting techniques of using the medium . You can find her video here.
If you decide to try gouache. I would love to see your paintings.
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