Art Video Series: Art Tool Basics – What is Gouache Paint?

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WHAT IS GOUACHE PAINT?

Gouache (pronounced “goo-aah-sh”) paint is a completely new art medium to me that I have played around with for over a year now. This new trend of “doodle” paintings are usually done with gouache — those whimsical paintings of tiny collections are what drew me back into painting.

This unique paint is essentially a combo of watercolor and acrylic paint. It’s water-soluble, while able to create an opaque technique similar to acrylic. It will re-activate like watercolor and is easy to clean up, unlike messy oil paints. It reacts similar to watercolor, but dries darker in a matte texture.

For a quick tutorial about getting started with gouache, watch this video:


ELEMENTS OF COLOR

Here are some basics to playing with color:

  1. HUE = pigment or color of paint
  2. SATURATION = the intensity of the color
  3. VALUE = adding black and white to add shading or tinting

SAMPLE PROJECTS

I worked my way through a sketchbook called 104 Things to Paint using gouache. Here are a few of my creations (and times I broke the rules…)

RECOMMENDED GOUACHE PAINTING TOOLS

Never tried gouache before? You can shop for all my favorite gouache painting products here:

ORDER MY GOUACHE PRINTS AT SHOPAMYSENTER

Here are a few of my $10 Gouache Prints you can order in my Etsy shop! I created this collection especially for kitchen art. *Watermarks not included on purchased prints*

PEACHES PRINT AVAILABLE AT SHOPAMYSENTER
LEMONS PRINT AVAILABLE AT SHOPAMYSENTER
STRAWBERRIES PRINT AVAILABLE AT SHOPAMYSENTER

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Want to learn more? Catch up on my Art Tool Series below:

  1. Drawing pencils
  2. Charcoal
  3. Watercolor
  4. Acrylic Paint
  5. Gouache Paint
  6. More coming soon!

Thanks for watching and happy painting!

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