I've never owned any Gouache...yep true story. It's always something that was on my new art supplies list, always something that I meant to buy, but then I got seduced by something else entirely (yeah, we're all experts on that one right?!)...seems silly that it's taken so long when I think that I like to get my hands on every kind of art media that is possibly out there.
Then one day last week I was literally thinking 'I want a paint that's fluid as watercolour but has the opacity of acrylic'...DING!!! and the light bulb moment made me go out and get my first set of Gouache paints (...if you've never heard of them before then watercolour consistency but with acrylic density is the best way I can describe them)
To test them I used my A3 sketchbook as the paper will hold up to a certain amount of water without requiring any gesso. I just did a quick sketch in sharpie using the nearest image & very rough lines, as this wasn't a lesson in accuracy, I just wanted something down quick so I could *play*
Then I have to say I went to TOWN! and I also have to say I LOVE GOUACHE!
I love how it's so blendable, and yet unblendable at the same time. I love how it reactivates so no matter how many layers you put on, you're still only working with the one (though fyi you shouldn't paint it too thickly, like you may with acrylic, or the gouache will crack over time). I love the opacity and how that makes it nearly *instant* to finish a piece if you want to.
I know it takes time to really date a medium, but I also believe in first impressions & know when I will hit it off with something, so I can't see me divorcing this one ;) ....though come to think of it I've never divorced any kind of art media I've ever met - I guess art must truly be my lifelong love affair =D
...and yes I will do a video with Gouache staring in it soon (if I don't say I know I'll get asked lol) and to those that asked about seeing my new smashbook after my last flip post YES you will get to see that too. I shall do a blog tutorial as I create it so here's a heads up =)
Have a lovely weekend