Two days ago, I decided to give gouache another go. My first attempt with this medium was actually eight months ago. I bought Winsor and Newton Designer Gouache, and straight away put it into a metal paint palette to take with me for outdoor sketching. Boy, was that a wrong move! I hated it! Absolutely hated it! Thought it was a complete mess and couldn’t get it to work – so left the tubes aside until two days ago.
James Gurney, a brilliant artist, loves to use gouache in his journals and paintings, and he does a wonderful job with them. Yes, but that’s James Gurney. I’m no James Gurney! However, I did realise that my only encounter with using gouache was wrong. You need to use Winsor and Newton fresh from the tube, not let it dry as it won’t reactivate well. Lesson learned! Thus, I decided to give this medium one more go and did a very quick Sleepy frog with it.
I love it!! Yes, there is plenty wrong with the brush strokes etc. on the frog, as I had some trouble adjusting to the medium but I absolutely love the fact that I can start the painting with it in thin washes and work up to thicker layers – something that cannot be done with watercolours.
The following day, I decided to get some Caran d’Ache Gouache Studio (in cake/pan form) for my urban sketching kit as it is specifically developed for pan work and rewetting. Once again, I’m in love! I have beautiful rich colours to work with, and working with the cake format is a breeze. As I already had some experience with gouache, I was able to manipulate the medium much better and painted Apple. To give the apple some texture, I went over it with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils. I’m so in love with this medium!!
After oil paint, gouache is now my paint medium of choice!
You can see more of my gouache paintings at my Paintings and Sculpting Portfolio page.