The Watercolor Workshop – Painting with Gouache

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โ€œThe Watercolor Workshopโ€ is a video course on watercolor painting designed for beginner and intermediate artists. The goal of this course is to provide the learner with a rich learning experience through "easy to digest" modules consisting of video demonstrations and accompanying ebooks.


Description: A look at painting with gouache, also referred to as opaque watercolor.

Suggested Materials: Strathmore Watercolor paper - 140lb. Coldpress, Reeves gouache paints, HB graphite pencil, masking tape, and nylon brushes.

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The Watercolor Workshop – Painting with Gouache — 6 Comments

  1. I am a little confused as to whether I need to buy gouache watercolor paint or am I using watercolor paint but adding more water in the application? Forgive the ignorance.

    • Hi Dolores,

      Gouache is a little different from watercolor. The particles of pigment are larger which allows the artist to use it opaquely if they wish. They are different, both close relatives. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I really like this picture! Particularly the foliage is masterly done! I can almost smell the humid woodland. A very inspiring exercise that I look forward to try. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒž

  3. I work with watercolor and recently purchased black and white gouache (although not tried it yet) for my pet portrait whiskers, seeing it used for a whole painting was very interesting, I’ve been nervous about trying it. Also wondered can gouache be mixed with watercolor to make it more opaque and reflective, or only as a last addition to a watercolor painting?

  4. Looking at the time difference and thinking my question may have been missed. still wondering if gouache can be mixed with watercolor to make it more opaque and reflective, or only as a last addition to a watercolor painting?

    • Hi Maureen,

      I’m so sorry I missed your question. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed. You can definitely use gouache in conjunction with watercolor, but I wouldn’t recommend mixing the colors before applying them to the surface. So you can apply gouache over watercolor or vice versa, but be aware that gouache may re-activate when any water is applied.

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