Gouache! A Great Painting Start


Gouache is a type of paint similar to both watercolor and acrylic. The ratio of pigment to water is higher in gouache than that in watercolor, hence allowing the artist to paint with richer pigmented strokes. At the same time, water can be added to the pigment and used to paint in a watercolor style.
Gouache is one of my personal favorites: the best of both worlds. In addition, it is cheap, it’s reusable (just add water to the dried paint on your palette) and its travel efficient! In all my travels as an artist, when I wanted more than the luxury of using a pencil, gouache was a great travel companion.
A few other interesting things about gouache: it can be used on all types of paper, from expensive, handmade paper, to normal sketchbook paper. It’s used often by commercial artists, for posters, comics and design work and for crafts. The image at top is Blue Nude II by Henri Matisse, he used gouache to make paper cut-outs!

Here are some links for quick art product purchases (retractable erasers are fantastic, allowing you to erase small details of pencil drawings):
Gouache Paint
Retractable Erasers
Sketchbook

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About drunk with magic

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Maya Joy. I am a recent graduate from the University of California: Santa Cruz. I currently reside in San Francisco, California, where I work, study and create collections of art works (among other things). I have great interest in writing, painting, drawing, reading, dancing, physics, Eastern thought, photography and more! If you have any questions feel free to email me at: mayajoyintheworld@gmail.com
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