What is Gouache?

Transparent watercolors work by staining the surface to which they are applied. One gradually builds up glazes of transparent stain, working from light to dark. Highlight areas must be avoided or masked out completely.

Gouache, on the other hand, works by creating opaque layers of color that lay atop the surface. Its covering power allows for the layering of lighter tones over darker ones. This quality fosters an approach to painting that is similar to working with other opaque media. However, gouache differs from oils and acrylics in ways that distinctly set it apart.


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