View Full Version : First gouache... but I'm a 3D kind of person...

Andi @ Cirrutopia
01-25-2007, 02:55 PM
...my portfolio for college (which I need to mail out TOMORROW) requires three still life works. I did a pastel and a charcoal, and after reading everything everyone had to say about Gouache, I wanted to try it. I bought myself some paints and this is my first try. It's (very obviously) not done, and I'm frustrated with the lopsided openings of the vases, among other things. Suggestions are VERY WELCOME!

It's less than a foot tall. It's all gouache except for some of the whites, which are acrylic.


(the actual set up) I'm a 3D kind of person... I made all of those vases. The little ones were my first attempts on an electric wheel, and the large one was my first ever Ceramics I project.


01-25-2007, 03:28 PM
It's looking very good Andrea - you've managed to take advantage of the opaque nature of gouache.

Andi @ Cirrutopia
01-27-2007, 08:10 PM
Thanks so much! I want to try another one... any tips? What could I do better next time?


01-30-2007, 12:50 PM
I'm still very much getting to grips with gouache myself, but because of its fragile nature, gouache paintings are usually framed under glass (as you would a watercolour). Maybe you have used one of the acrylic gouaches, which should be more stable.

Have you used a board, or is this canvas?

Andi @ Cirrutopia
01-30-2007, 02:25 PM
It's on a stretched canvas. I read up on preserving and protecting them, and I'm just sort of... it was hard enough to afford the paint and canvas, a frame will be a struggle. :)

My current painting is acrylics, which is really making me appreciate the gouache.

02-04-2007, 12:03 PM
The elipsis needs to be fixed in the far right vase.