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C.Bodine

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on: January 18, 2012, 01:29:56 PM
When I went shopping for my wc paints, there was something called "gouche" in wc  ??? (if I spelled that correctly).  Can anyone explain what this is?
Christina


Leana

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Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 01:50:23 PM
Hi C... Dennis would be the best person to answer this... but I will chip in so long till he pops in> Gouache is a watercolour, however not the one we use for the watercolour course or general watercolour painting as such... the biggest difference between the 2

Watercolour>mostly transparent...with very limited opaque colours
Gouache> opaque and matt finish... doesn't dry as flat as watercolours either... well that is my experience with it which is extremely limited.  Bought a watercolour and gouache set years ago... and this is just what I noticed from fiddeling with the paints to see what the difference was.  I did not do any paintings with them...just fooled around, almost like doodeling.

All depends on what you want to accomplish in your painting too...some watercolourists combine the two in one painting...not sure if this would then fall into the mixed media catagory. 

Pure watercolourists do not use White paint in their palette...the paper is your white.

The not so pure watercolourists uses white gouche for the whites...but it just doesn't give the same effect and the end result of the painting does not appear as luminous.

Some more info here... (Wikipedia is offline at the moment due to this >U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia)

http://www.winsornewton.com/products/gouache/designers-gouache/
I Quote "Designers Gouache colours are a range of opaque water colours, mainly used by designers, illustrators and commercial artists to create vibrant illustrations in solid colour. Gouache is also widely used in fine art as an opaque water colour."
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C.Bodine

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Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 02:53:27 PM
Thanks, Leana. (I was pretty sure I spelled it wrong ;D)The information was very informative. I have no prior experience with wc and was a little confused in the store.
Christina


 

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