What is Gouache?

Gouache is opaque watercolor. It is manufactured in much the same way as transparent watercolor. While they both are comprised of pigment, wetting agent, and a binder, gouache additionally receives an inert white pigment and higher levels of concentrated pigment.

The result is a paint with a smooth, matte finish that can be at times almost velvety in appearance. It can be used in conjunction with other water-based media such as acrylic, transparent watercolor, ink, and markers, as well as the dry media of pastels, and color pencil. Because the pigment is finely ground, gouache is well suited for use in an airbrush.

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