What is Gouache Paint?, What’s the Difference with Watercolor?
“Gwosh”, that is how to pronounce it with a French accent. It is a kind of watercolor that has been used for a long time but few people know about its current existence and use.
Gouache is a water thinning medium that is not transparent but is closed. Watercolor painting works are usually very expressive, or vice versa, very impressive, depending on the technique used.
Through this article, I will explain Gouache including how to paint it.
What Is Gouache Paint?
Some say that this gouache is a mixture of watercolor and lime. The names are various, watercolor is opaque, watercolor is murky, but what is clear is watercolor. the basic ingredients are color pigments that are like arabic gum. But there are differences between ordinary watercolor.
First, the ratio of pigment to gouache is greater than watercolors. Second, solid white pigments such as lime. Both of these differences make the texture of the gouache much thicker than watercolors.
But, how the gouache works is the same as watercolor, it needs to be diluted first with water before applying it on canvas / paper. In addition, added pigments provide a texture that is not quite as smooth as watercolor, which is suitable for some types of canvas or something layered. Like acrylic paint, gouache will dry darker than when it is just scratched on the canvas.
Therefore, it is quite difficult to mix gouache with other colors. Generally, what is usually mixed with gouache is poster paint.
How do you use gouache?
This is not watercolor, not acrylic. So how to use gouache? Here are some inspiring examples of how gouache can be used to create beautiful artwork.
Gouache is used fully in this painting, which is equipped with gouache which is diluted as a background. This is then adjusted according to the opacity to paint the dog on it. The white color on the muzzle of the dog fades a little, so it doesn’t look disturbing. But, it’s far more opaque than the effects achieved using white watercolor. That’s where the strength of Gouache.
As the painting above proves, gouache can be used in a very easy way such as ordinary painting, only 3-D more and textured from watercolors. In the goose wing, for example, gouache has almost the same effect as watercolor.
Gouache can provide a good effect just by adjusting the amount of water added to the paint.
Gouache can also be combined with watercolors to form graphics, striking images. The picture above combines the two media, using watercolors to look attractive, color tones vary. Gouache media is used on the surface, like white marks on cats.
How? It is clear? Looks hard huh? Yes if you just read without trying it.
So, good luck!