Originally Posted by Perry
I've been anxious to try gouache for a while and
I finally ordered some. I usually use pastel.
Being able to work transparent and opaque and
getting a mat finish appealed to me.
A couple of questions: Is there a downside in
Is 140# paper heavy enough for a 12"x9" painting?
I did two small test paintings.
I'm a transfer from pastel also and have painted with gouache for the past 5 or 6 years. It's a favorite medium of mine and like any other medium, you have to play/practice with it to find your way of working with it.
As far as downsides - I think what many artists consider a downside to gouache is actually a plus. That's the fact that gouache will easily lift when wet so it's sometimes difficult to add new layers. However, it's also easier to blend a new layer into a previous layer - so it's up to you to say whether it's a downside or an asset.
140# watercolor paper is fine with gouache as you don't want to paint thickly with gouache as it will crack.
Your paintings show that you already have a good understanding of the medium so all I can advise is to keep at it! Both paintings are very well done!
Oh, the watercolor forum may be busier than it is here but you can post in both places if you want (just add the x-post to your post title). If you post here, you may get more specific answers to your questions and we really do enjoy seeing gouache work here!