Due to its place on the fringes of arts and crafts materials, gouache paint is a bit harder to find than other products.
Suppliers Artifolk stock gouache along with an extensive range of arts accessories.
Gouache (pronounced gwash) is a water-based paint that provides a heavier tone than watercolour. It is only occasionally used amongst fine artists but can produce interesting and unexpected results. In this article, I wanted to highlight the benefits of using gouache paints. Get a set for yourself and start experimenting to see the advantages for yourself.
As with watercolours, gouache dries very quickly. This means you can add many layers in the space of a day or if you are only doing a basic painting you can mat, frame and hang you picture the same day.
Easy to clean
Because it is water-based, it is easy to clean up but has the advantage over watercolours of producing opaque colourings in the style of oils.
Also like watercolours, gouache paints offer an easy set-up and are known to travel well. It also has the advantage of being mostly cheaper to purchase.
Best of all worlds
Gouache could be considered a super paint in the way that is has the best properties of many different materials: it can do a wash like a watercolour, blend like an oil and dry brush like acrylic.
Easy to photograph
Because it dries to a matt, you do not get the glare from a gouache painting, meaning it is easy for you to photograph. Here are some examples of gouache paintings for inspiration.
Gouache does not chemically change when it dries which means it is always possible to re-wet the paint and amend a picture. Likewise, you can rewet the mixed colours you have prepared in a palette and previously allowed to dry.
Some characteristics to watch out for:
Gouache is said crack if applied too thickly. This should be the case if you do not apply the paint too heavily.
The colours will dry to different shades to when they were applied. Simply remember the dark colours will dry darker and the light ones lighter.
It is possible to make gouache waterproof by mixing it with acrylic paint. This prevents the colour dusting from your painting.
You could also use varnish for this purpose but it may reactivate the colours and could cause them to run. To ensure varnishing doesn’t ruin your painting, apply to individual colours at a time.
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