Traditional gouache is opaque watercolour. It is rewettable like watercolour, and dries matt. Gouache is easy to reproduce and is therefore a hit among illustrators as well as artists. I like to add lots of water to it in order to introduce a slight degree of transparency. But what do 3 completely different artists, Amanda Senneby, Wendy Jacobs and Leah Davies, like to do with theirs?
Amanda Senneby is an artist, illustrator and designer who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Her energy and colour filled work can be found at http://www.amandasenneby.se/
“For me gouache is something spontaneous and transformative. It’s a technique of opposites. Fragile but still dramatic, poetic and punk, dreamy and expressive. As an artist that is extremely exciting and interesting. Even though you can control it for a bit, you can never tame it”.
Leah Davies is an artist who specialises in nature and pet portrait painting, based in Boston, Massachusetts. Although she no longer works in gouache, she has no doubt of the reasons why she was drawn to this medium for a considerable amount of time.
“I can never get enough of the possibilities of gouache. By combining different methods, I am able to paint thin watery layers to create a loose base. Then, I switch gears and use it thick and opaque to garner intricate details. The pigments are clean and bright, and when it dries, a mat finish unifies all the layers”.
Wendy Jacob is Vice President of the Royal Watercolour Society, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The NEAC and the Discerning Eye. She is known for her characterful still life paintings.
“Gouache is a forgiving water-based medium. There is no special technique to master, as in pure watercolour, when the traditional ideal of transparent paint and fluid brushwork has to be kept in mind.
With gouache the opaque colours are vibrant, deep and solid, encouraging work to be made with impact and definition.The paint dries quickly so you are able to continue working and to easily repaint over areas you find unsatisfactory.
Gouache does not ruin your brushes if you fail to clean them immediately. This can apply to oils but is a particular problem with acrylic paint.
Just a few of the reasons I love to work in gouache”.
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