Weekly Sketches: Inspired by gouache!
Inspired by Anais from Gouache Rocks!, I am lately rediscovering the wonderful world of, you guessed it, gouache!
Yes. THE gouache.
I don’ know why, but I’ve always seen gouache as an uninteresting medium used mostly by high school or art students. Maybe because it is probably one of the first paint we get to experiment with, in school. Is this is because I didn’t want to consider it anymore. I have made my load of color wheels with gouache… maybe it brought back bad memories? Who knows?
I was lucky enough to find a bargain at my local art store. I got some Pebeo gouache for just 9.99$. The main reason was because there was a color missing in the pack. I can deal with that.
Gouache is actually very versatile and interesting. Just like watercolors, you just need some water to get started with it. It’s also extremely easy to clean your brushes after using it, which is always a big “plus” for me.
But how is it different from watercolor? From my experience, it is a lot ticker. So it is a lot easier to make contrasts with it. When I use watercolor, I often find my colors to be too light or too diluated, for some reasons. (Which is one of the reason why I am using watercolors in tubes, now.)
Just like watercolor, your gouache can dry on the palette and you can always use it later. There is no loss of precious paint. The eco/green person inside of me loves this!
When compared with acrylic, gouache is not as shiny. It is a matte medium. Acrylic is also a lot ticker. To my eyes, gouache looks more “flat” than acrylic. Also, with acrylic, you need to use it right away or else you will you lose it. (Or maybe there is a trick for this not to happens…?)
In overall, I think I will have some fun rediscovering gouache. I know I wanted to do more digital paintings as well, so we’ll see how I manage to use theses very different mediums through the year.