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12-19-1999, 06:57 AM
My son has bought me a gouache starter kit for xmas, I understand that it is similar to watercolour but Im unable to find any information about how to handle it. Does anyone know where I can get information about its use?

Drew Davis
12-20-1999, 12:21 AM
Opening presents before Christmas? For shame! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Goache is watercolor with chalk added along with the pigment to make it opaque. You can use the same sorts of paper, brushes, prep, and framing that you use for watercolor. Since it's relatively opaque, you don't get the same sort of luminosity and layering as with transparent watercolor. On the other hand, you can paint over things more easily. You might want to experiment with layers a bit to get used to it.

12-20-1999, 01:02 AM
gouache is EXTREMELY hard to work with. it is also VERY expensive. it changes color and value too much when it dries. a better option would be to make your own,,,but why bother. casein paints are a better option. they kinda act the same way, but they don't change on you as much. they're cheaper. the only problem is,,,,they'll kill your brushes....milt

12-21-1999, 04:24 AM
I love to use gouache, I learnt about it while in Art school but havent had much chance to use it for a while. Its a wonderful medium to mix with watercolour. As far as I know, its what is used when cells are painted for cartoons (as its so opaque). It does take practise to get used to it but after a while, it grows on you.

12-24-1999, 03:48 AM
Thanks for the help everyone, sounds as though it might be useful to try adding gouache bits to a watercolour painting as detail. And no I didn't open it yet but my son can't keep a secret!

12-30-1999, 02:31 AM
you can use the gouache in a "watercolorly" way..use a Small amount of the paint with lots of water..then build layers..just as with other watercolors..Or..you can go straigh for the opaque qualities of it..mix to the consistancy of store~type chocolate milk http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif and paint what you like..they are expensive but you have a small set, you can add a few colors at a time if you find you like them..also (neet trick) you do not need to throw, or wash away any of your paint, you can get "paper palette" (this is similar to waxed paper) sold in any art store, and mix your colors on that..when you are done painting let whatever is left dry..then stack the sheets, when you are ready to paint again just re~wet it with your brush..Happy painting http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

01-26-2000, 12:13 AM
i love gouache. i think it's somewhere between watercolor and acrylics. you can add lots of water or just paint with it right out of the tube. i think it's great and doesn't get the attention it deserves. evrybody responds to my gouache-use with "gouache? i used to use that in school..." they are really missing out....