Paint Basket Art Forum

Author Topic: Mea Goes Ga-Ga Over Gouache  (Read 4029 times)

MaryAnne Long

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 14975
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
on: March 02, 2017, 07:06:12 AM
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

mea
« Last Edit: March 02, 2017, 07:09:31 AM by mea hamo pena »
A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


dennis

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 8591
Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 09:00:41 AM
Gouache is a real medium and I have used it very successfully in the past - even used it in airbrushing.
You are what you THINK about - Napoleon Hill


Gita

  • Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 3281
    • Gita Vasa- Artist
Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 09:19:53 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
« Last Edit: March 02, 2017, 03:30:14 PM by Gita »
Cheers, Gita


njnjgirl

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 7373
Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 02:11:09 PM
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
Mary Lou

Faith is the opposite of fear.


MaryAnne Long

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 14975
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 04:05:50 PM
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

mea

A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


MaryAnne Long

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 14975
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #5 on: March 31, 2019, 02:38:11 AM
Has anyone tried acrylic gouache? I did my own experiment to see how it looks vs. regular gouache. Not sure it will prove anything, but I had fun with it and now have four paintings that are always popular gifts for Mainland visitors. This is one of the most popular spots in Hawaii - Mokoli`i (Chinaman's Hat). I painted it in four different brands which I will list in alphabetical order: Arteza Premium Gouache, Kuretake (Japanese Gouache), Liquitex Acrylic Gouache, and Winsor Newton Designer Gouache. They are not necessarily in the same order in the photo:
Top left (1) Top right (2)
Bottom Left (3) Bottom right (4)

Anyone care to guess which is which? I am also including the reference photo.

I tried to stick to the same four colors as close as I could - a sky blue, an ultramarine blue, veridian green, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna. They are all 5" x 7"


Here is the reference photo.

aloha

mea
A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


Gita

  • Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 3281
    • Gita Vasa- Artist
Reply #6 on: March 31, 2019, 03:05:18 AM
I like this puzzle Mea! Pity there is no prize for getting the right answer😂😂.
It’s really a wild guessing since all the brand names you’ve mentioned seem to be of a good quality. Though painting 4 has lesser pigment intensity. BTW, what is acrylic gouache? Never heard of it. Any difference in painting?


Here’s my guess. :D
Arteza Premium Gouache= 4
Kuretake (Japanese Gouache)= 2
Liquitex Acrylic Gouache = 1
Winsor Newton Designer Gouache= 3


Cheers, Gita


MaryAnne Long

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 14975
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #7 on: March 31, 2019, 04:24:24 AM
Gita,

Thanks for trying. Unfortunately, you are wrong on all counts - except that you are right on all counts.  If you cannot tell the difference, is there a difference???

I went to a Liquitek demo on its new acrylic gouache.  Really, Gouache made with acrylics!  Do I recommend it - no, at least not until the company finds a way to bottle it so that it does not come out on your hands when you peel back the inside foil.  What were they thinking!!

Lots to like if you can get past opening the bottle.

aloha

mea

A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


nolan

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 14345
    • Draw With Nolan
Reply #8 on: March 31, 2019, 09:53:29 PM
Looking good Mea :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
We didn't create any gouache lessons because there wasn't a demand for it sadly :-\


MaryAnne Long

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 14975
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #9 on: April 01, 2019, 04:17:47 PM
Here's my assessment of the experiment using four different brands of gouache:

Kuretake Gouache (bottom right) was my favorite.  Easiest to use because they were in pans (much wider pans than other brands).

Second favorite was Liquitex Acrylic Gouache (top right) because of its bright colors and smooth flow (although it is very messy to use in bottles).  I bought both brands at Hawaiian Graphics, a local art store.

The other two were Winsor & Newton (top left) and ARTEZA (bottom left) - Arteza has the really matte look of gouache.  These two came from Amazon.

aloha

mea
« Last Edit: April 01, 2019, 11:57:12 PM by MaryAnne Long »
A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


nolan

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 14345
    • Draw With Nolan
Reply #10 on: April 01, 2019, 08:10:40 PM
 :thankyou: for the review Mea


Happychappy

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 10179
Reply #11 on: April 02, 2019, 12:04:10 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, I love all four paintings but my favourite is the top right one because of its brilliance.  Would have had no idea what was painted with which medium but it was lovely to view.  Great job.


Patricia
Patricia
Blessed are those who give without remembering and blessed are those who receive without forgetting - anonymous


MaryAnne Long

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 14975
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #12 on: April 02, 2019, 02:42:19 AM
Thanks, Nolan and Patricia.

I had fun doing the paintings and now have four gifts ready for Mainland visitors in the next few weeks.

aloha

mea
A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


Gita

  • Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 3281
    • Gita Vasa- Artist
Reply #13 on: April 02, 2019, 06:03:02 AM
Gita,

Thanks for trying. Unfortunately, you are wrong on all counts - except that you are right on all counts.  If you cannot tell the difference, is there a difference???
Wow, Mea... that was difficult to understand🤔. Anyway, your puzzle was a difficult guess since I really did not know your expectations as an answer.
But thanks for sharing your experience with the various gouache paints. I use a Caran d‘ache pan with 15 colours called gouache studio, which I love. The colours are brilliant and have a high pigment intensity. 

« Last Edit: April 02, 2019, 06:12:14 AM by Gita »
Cheers, Gita


Maria Canino

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 497
  • Qualified Senior
Reply #14 on: April 02, 2019, 02:19:23 PM
 :clap: Mea,your tree is beautiful, great result for a first time try.  :clap: :clap:
I bought water-based Reeves Gouache a couple of years ago because it was on sale... low and behold!  I totally fell in love with the medium.... so forgiving... easier than watercolor, for me anyway because I make a lot of wrong choices while I am painting.  Of course, I still use my watercolors, but Gouache is my preferred choice.


Keep at it, your work will turn out great every time.  :smitten:
Maria
 :painting:


 

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2021, SimplePortal