Gouache


Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. Whereas transparent watercolors allow you to see the "white" of the paper below the paint, gouache can be applied in solid colors. This allows an artist to paint in layers from dark to light.

Gouache dries to a matte finish, which makes it easy to scan or reproduce electronically, since there is no glossy shine. Designer's Gouache traditionally offers colors blended from a number of pigments, but some lines of Artist's Gouache offer single-pigment colors. Student Gouache will have working characteristics similar to Designer's Gouache, but with lower pigment concentration, less expensive formulas, and a smaller range of colors.

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Artist Gouache is a category that may include Designer's Gouache, which traditionally offers colors blended from a number of pigments. Other lines of Artist's Gouache focus on offering single-pigment colors. Both types dry to a matte finish so they can be easily reproduced.

 
Student and Scholastic Gouache

Student and Scholastic Gouache will have working characteristics similar to Artist's or Designer's Gouache, but with lower pigment concentration, less expensive formulas, and a smaller range of colors. The paints are opaque and will dry to a matte finish.

 

Acrylic Gouache is like traditional gouache in that dries to a matte finish and is opaque. However, unlike traditional gouache, the acrylic binder in the acrylic gouache makes it water resistant once dry. Like craft acrylics, it will stick to a variety of surfaces other than canvas and paper. This paint is typically used by watercolorists, cartoonists, illustrators, and artists using decorative or folk art techniques.

 
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    Daler Rowney Designers' Gouache

    Designers' Gouache was originally developed for professional designers working on illustrations for graphic productions who needed an opaque watercolor to provide stronger color than what was available from standard watercolors. It has since become a favorite of fine artists.

 

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