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mea hamo pena

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on: March 01, 2017, 11:06:12 PM
When I first started watercolor, I thought that White Gouache was the equivalent of Wite-Out to cover typing mistakes on paper.


I've been reading more about gouache and saw a deal for a set of 10 WINSOR & NEWTON Designer Gouache (10 tubes - 14ml).  Here is my first attempt  - a simple little landscape. 

They are so easy to work with as they mix and blend beautifully.  They dry almost instantly, but reactivate just as quickly if you make a mistake.

This piece does not have good composition but I was just too anxious to try them, so jumped right in. 

I will need to buy a few more basic colors as  all I have are a warm and cool red, yellow, and blue.  Plus green, yellow ochre, black and white.  I need a sienna and umber.

I hope that gouache is considered real paint because I think I may have found my love.  What are the negatives about gouache?

aloha

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Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 01:00:41 AM
Gouache is a real medium and I have used it very successfully in the past - even used it in airbrushing.
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Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 01:19:53 AM
Mea, good start with your tree. Good that you asked - I could have asked this, too.  :D

I found an interesting thread in the web answering a number of prejudices about gouache:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=567857

I like gouache. I found a nice swiss brand " Caran dáche" with vibrant colours. Gouache is so easy to handle with.

I think it depends on wether one wants to be a water colour purist or wether one wants to access gouache as an additional medium to create beautiful art work.

I wonder what others say?
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Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 06:11:09 AM
I like it, but then I like art in any form.  I don't agree with a "purist" attitude.  I think if you do what you love then you are doing the right thing, whatever medium it is.  So go for it Mea... O0
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Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 08:05:50 AM
Thanks, Dennis.  Would it be possible please for you guys to put a gouache lesson in the rotation sometime in the future?  Or is there one now and I just missed it?

Mary Lou, thanks for the encouragement.

Thanks for the link, Gita, I read it immediately and bookmarked it for future reference.  Really helpful.

I have just started writing an art column for the local newspaper, so may feature gouache once I feel more comfortable with it.  So far, I have only been writing about exhibits and other art-related activities, but will get more in-depth into different media as I learn more.

aloha

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