Watercolor Artist

All About Gouache

One of the most important questions a budding artist can ask is “What is the medium I’m most comfortable using?” My answer came to me in 1979, when I was introduced to opaque watercolors, also called gouache (pronounced “gwash,” derived from the French word meaning “opaque”). An art store owner suggested I try a couple of tubes of black and white gouache and, after playing around with them, I knew I’d found the perfect medium for my approach to painting and developing my realistic style.

Gouache paint is opaque, unlike traditional watercolors, which

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