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Old 12-28-2017, 12:55 PM
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New to gouache

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
using gouache?
Is 140# paper heavy enough for a 12"x9" painting?

I did two small test paintings.



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Old 12-28-2017, 07:02 PM
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Re: New to gouache

Hi Perry - I remember you from the pastel forums. I stopped using pastels (health issues due to the dust) and started exploring watercolors the last couple of months. I just got a set of gouache for xmas, so I really can't tell you anything at all about it, except to say I really like your paintings!

I have noticed that people who use gouache post in the watercolor forum, as I think this forum is pretty quiet. You might want to post this there and get feedback there.

P.S. How was the transition from pastel to gouache?
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Old 12-29-2017, 09:07 AM
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Re: New to gouache

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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
using gouache?
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!
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Re: New to gouache

Some of the Watercolor Forum members use gouache and there is a running "Gouache Corner" thread in the Water Studio forum with a link to the Gouache Archives.

I have been using gouache to paint ACEO size minis.

Doug
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Old 12-31-2017, 12:21 PM
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Re: New to gouache

Hi CaliAnn, Thank you for the comments.
I'll post this in the watercolor forum also.
So far the transition to gouache has been smooth.
I'll probably still do some pastel work but I really
like gouache so far.
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Old 12-31-2017, 12:29 PM
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Re: New to gouache

Thank you for answering my questions Artist_by_Accident.
I don't think it is a downside. I did remove some color on the
one painting and replaced it with another.
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Old 12-31-2017, 12:30 PM
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Re: New to gouache

Thanks Doug.
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Re: New to gouache

300gsm paper eg Archers, Canson etc smooth or rough are the papers of choice. Bristol board hot press smooth is another for those that want to do fine detail paintings. Downside its addictive when used correctly. Try not to paint it to thick as it will crack if layered over and over and over best to layer thin coats.
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Wonderful little paintings. I love fishing and collect lures for the fun of it, lol, soI especially love the painting of the little lure. I am new to gouache myself, after learning basic watercolors. For me Iíve noticed that 140lb cold press works just fine. Since I donít use as much water or wet in wet techniques of watercolor, I donít see the need for anything more. So far I havenít been wanting to paint on my Arches paper, as I think it will be to textured for my liking.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:53 AM
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Re: New to gouache

Thanks Merritt and Misspris.
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Re: New to gouache

These are both every effective. I could never get the hang of gouache: overworking and turning paintings into mud. Still, a lot folks produce gems. James Gurney has many gouache quick demos on his blog & youtube. I mainly used his " Casein In the Wild" DVD to get started in that medium. Gary
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Thanks Gary, I'll check it out.
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