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All about Gouache
The time has come to tell you all about Gouache. I’ve included everything you need to know in this blog post, including what’s the difference between gouache and watercolor, what paper to use with gouache, how do you pronounce gouache, acryla gouache vs. traditional gouache, and much much more!
What is the difference between watercolor and gouache?
How do you pronounce Gouache?
Gouache is pronounced: “ɡwäSH” like “wash” with a G in front of it.
What is the difference between gouache and acrylic gouache?
What paper do you use for gouache?
- Hahnemühle Cézanne: I’ve used this Hot and Cold Press. I love the Hahnemüle Hot press especially well for my final illustration work. Can’t go wrong with their Cold press either if you want lovely texture in your painting.
- Hahnumühle Leonardo: Amazingly thick and lovely. It’s basically what all my dreams are made of. If I could paint on this and nothing but this all day long I would.
- Hahnemühle Harmony: Lovely spiral bound pad of great quality paper. I love that it’s more like a sketch book style so you can keep your work together
- Arches Cold Press: These come in pads and blocks. I buy the pads to save money unless I know I’m going to use a lot of paint or water and then I use my block. Having multiple blocks is nice so you can work on several paintings at a time. I sometimes make my own blocks from their pads. LMK if you’d like to see a post/video on that in the comments below. Cold press has more texture than Hot press.
- Arches Rough: I love the texture of this paper. It’s got a deeper “tooth” than the traditional Cold press which makes it really fun to dry brush on with gouache.
- Arches Hot Press:For smooth edges and silky paper texture you can’t lose with this paper.
- Canson XL: A great budget friendly paper! Has a nicely uniform but organic texture not found in many papers of its price point.
Can you use gouache paint on watercolor paper?
Why is gouache so expensive?
Is gouache better than acrylic?
Is Gouache good for beginners?
Gouache is an excellent medium for beginners. I have a full post on what paints I’d recommend here. I think traditional gouache is especially good because you don’t need to worry so much about the paint drying as you work because it is able to be reactivated.
Can I use gouache on canvas?
I always use a Masterson Sta Wet Palette and sheets when I’m painting with Acrylic gouache to make my paint stay a nice consistency while I’m working. It’s a nice affordable system and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Be sure to read the directions though because I’ve used it for over 16 years and just barely stopped long enough to see how to actually set up my palette the best way.
Can gouache be reactivated?
Yes, traditional gouache can be easily reactivated. Acryla or Acrylic gouache cannot. I love to mix my own colors together with my palette knife on a piece of glass and then put them into pans and half pans to use in my metal palette. The top swatch shown here is Watercolor, the middle one is Traditional Gouache, and the bottom Acryla Gouache.
What is the best gouache paint?
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Can I use acrylic and gouache together?
Does it fade in sunlight?
They also have a key which explains the Permanence, as well as their other category ratings.
Is gouache easier than watercolor?
Can you rewet gouache?
Can you mix with watercolor?
I personally love mixing watercolor with gouache and do it all the time now. I keep all of my paint swatches in a jar, and have the tube names coded on the back so when I want to start painting a piece of artwork, I figure out my color scheme in advance with my little swatches and lay out all my paint tubes instead of guessing my at my color composition all the way through my work.
I keep my paints in two metal palettes; one for watercolor and one for gouache.
You can see in the photo above that the gouache palette is brighter because of the solid white pigment mixed in to make the paint more opaque. In contrast the paint in the watercolor palette appears darker until it is mixed with water and painted onto white paper.