What is Gouache?

It is my experience that artists often discover opaque watercolor after having spent some years exploring one or more of its popular cousins: watercolor, oils and acrylic. In many ways gouache embodies the finer qualities of these media while avoiding many of their limitations.

Gouache resembles watercolor most in its appearance fresh out of the tube and onto the pallet. But it is more closely related to oils and acrylics in its behavior in the painting process. Consequently, it is often the artists who have worked successfully with transparent watercolors who have the hardest time making the transition to gouache.

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