Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gouache Notes

Gouache on Various Papers. Various Sizes. Notes:

1. Gouache is opaque, but best to work from light to dark.
    It's difficult to go backwards, and try to lighten an area.
    The paint will pick up what's underneath, so almost impossible
    to cover and repaint any given area to a lighter shade.

2. Expect to use at least two coats for an even cover.
    One coat often leaves streaks.

3. Gouache dries darker than how it looks wet.
    Plan ahead, go lighter than you think you'll want.

4. Blending is possible, but best to blend starting from light,
    going to darker. Paint will pull from one place to another.

5. Smooth Paper like Bristol Vellum (meant for dry media)
    does NOT work well.

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