Why Gouache is One of The Best Paints to Try!

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Why Gouache is One of The Best Paints to Try!

Gouache is the best and most versatile medium you can use, so why does it have a bad reputation? The creator of this video explains why gouache is one of the best paints to try.

There are many reasons why you should try gouache. It's a really amazing medium. By watching this video, you will really know all its advantages and versatility.

We hope this will be of great help to you and if you have never tried gouache before, now is the time for you to give it a try! We are sure you will love it.

Gouache paint, like watercolor and acrylic paint, is an aqueous medium: a pigment that must be mixed with water to spread on a surface.

Because it is not as popular as other styles of painting, gouache is often described as an "opaque watercolor", a children's poster paint, or a complementary medium to be used in conjunction with more well-known techniques.

But make no mistake! Gouache painting has been around for over a thousand years (the term "gouache" dates back to at least the 18th century), and during that time artists used the medium to create historically significant, visually stunning, and entirely dynamic.

Gouache paint is a mixture of natural or synthetic pigments, water, and gum arabic (or in cheaper brands, yellow dextrin) which acts as a binder to hold the paint together.

Chalk is sometimes added to give the paint more weight or body, and some varieties also add propylene glycol; Traditional gouache tends to become brittle when it dries, and the added additive attracts water to help paint layers stay more flexible over the long term.

Of French origin, the word "gouache" is pronounced gwash like "squash" and is inspired by the Italian "guazzo" technique which, although different, dries to a similar muddy matte finish.

While the term "gouache" was only introduced in the 18th century, equally opaque water-based mediums have been used by artists for thousands of years.

In ancient Egypt, colored pigments were bound with honey and other binders to create an early form of gouache, and in the Middle Ages Persian artists used a rudimentary form of gouache to decorate their famous Persian miniature paintings.

In the 15th century, Albrecht Durer relied on the matte finish of antique gouache to give his paintings a soft sheen, and in the 18th century, François Boucher used paint to capture the pastel colors of his famous "Naissance et Triomphe de Vénus".

In the 19th century, gouache began to be produced industrially, and its portable qualities became popular with landscape painters, particularly the French school of "en Plein air" Impressionists who painted canvases en Plein air.

In the early and mid-20th century, commercial artists relied heavily on gouache for painting posters, comic book lettering, and cell-filling animations due to the precision, flat color, and quick-drying qualities of the medium.

If you want to learn more about why gouache is one of the best paints to try, check out this great video! You will love it!

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Gouache

Source: Ellen Crimi-Trent- Artist

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