7 Reasons Why You Should Try Gouache!

7 Reasons Why You Should Try Gouache!


– Hey, so glad to see you here. With my videos, I want to
help you find joy in your life by creating art that
will make you feel proud. And in today’s video, I wanted to introduce you to gouache, a super fun art medium that gives you so many different options
how you can express yourself. You might ask yourself, “Why gouache?” And, “What is gouache, even?” Gouache is a water-soluble
paint that is also referred to as opaque watercolors because it can be used in a similar way. And the cool thing about this paint is that it dries quickly, matte, and flat. Now, keep in mind that
there’s also acrylic gouache, that you can’t reactivate with water, but in this video I’m going to use traditional gouache that you can. And because gouache offers you
so many additional options, compared to acrylics, oil, or watercolors, I wanted to give you three
techniques that you can try out to paint anything you want
in three different styles. Now, let’s quickly talk about what are supplies you’re going to need. You’ll need brushes. I would recommend round synthetic brushes and also flat brushes
for different effects. You’ll also need watercolor paper with a minimum of 300gsm. And I know some of you might ask if you can also use a canvas for that, and the answer is you can’t really use a regular canvas for gouache because you really need
something that is absorbent. So, if the canvas is made for watercolors, or for anything that is liquid and it needs to be
absorbed into the canvas, then you can use it, but regular
canvases don’t really work. Then you also need two glasses of water, one glass for rinsing the brushes, and the other for clean
water to work with. You also need a mixing palette. Now, even though you
can reactivate gouache on your mixing palette, once it’s dry, the consistency might not be
the same when you do that. So, I would rather use
as much paint as I need. But, I’ve also seen artists
use a container with a lid so when they’re done painting, or they need to take a break and they don’t want the paint to dry, they just put the lid on top and it just keeps the paint wet. And, of course, you
also need paint itself. I’m using different brands, such as Schmincke and Winsor & Newton, and I find that the designer gouache is a lot better compared
to student-grade gouache because it’s a lot creamier
right from the beginning and it doesn’t dry streaky either. I know there’s also gouache in pans, but I haven’t tried it out yet myself. So, if you have, let me know in the comments
below, how are they? Are they worse than the normal, normal, regular gouache in tubes? Comment down below and let me know. Now, the number one technique
you want to practice and slowly master, is
the paint-water ratio, so you can get the right
consistency that’s perfect for you. So, for example, if you want to use gouache
similar to watercolors, or just want to create a light layer, then you want to dilute the
paint with a lot of water. But, if you want to create
a more creamy texture that is opaque and looks bold
on the paper and also flat, you only need just a little bit of water. Here you want to gradually
dilute the paint, until you feel like it’s
similar to whipped cream that is not too thick and
not too drippy either. Now, gouache can be used
in some many different ways and today I will show
you three techniques. I will show you all these three techniques while painting a sunset because I just love painting sunsets. I just want to give you some ideas so you can try out with
anything you want to paint. The first version is the
more vector bold-like art, it is more abstract. Now, here you can apply the
paint in separate sections, one after another, just
to create the base. Here I’m using a flat synthetic brush so it helps me apply the paint evenly while creating sharp edges. And to add more details, I then go over the base, using darker colors or
additional lighter colors on top, while keeping the brush strokes abstract. Now, there are other ways
how you can create very bold and flat paintings, so I would encourage you to
look for gouache painting ideas to see how other artists
are using this medium. The cool part of gouache
is that you can paint from dark to light and from light to dark, however you want, and work on the painting
as long as you want because you only need to
wetten the paint on the paper. The second technique I want to show you is similar to oil where you
blend everything super neatly. For the second sunset, I basically used the
same colors I pre-mixed for all three techniques, which are only three
colors of the red, blue, and yellow family that come
in the basic sets for gouache. And instead of layering the
paint in abstract shapes, I try to blend everything
as much as possible so that the transition between
the colors is very smooth. Since I also use a little bit more white, the colors look more pastel-like, which is another fun benefit of gouache. You can not only paint
for as long as you want, you don’t need additional
stuff to paint with, and you can really play
around with the style and the colors you can mix together, but it’s using a limited color pallette. So, a traditional gouache gives you a lot more flexibility compared
to watercolors or acrylics, because acrylics, for example, dries really fast unless
you use additional things that you can mix in to
slow down the drying speed. The third technique I want to show you is the watercolor technique
where you dilute the paint with a lot of water to make
everything super flowy, and loose, and very delicate. Because I wanted the third painting to look very smooth as well, I diluted the paint with lots of water and made sure to blend
the colors very smoothly. When you use water, the colors become
lighter and more delicate so you can really create
different moods in your art. So, from very bold to very flowy, you can fully experiment
with anything you like. And I think gouache is so much fun to use because you can really let go of thinking about how
exactly you need to behave and you don’t need to stress about how fast you need to paint, and you also don’t need
any additional mediums to dilute the paint or to
slow down the drying process. It really gives you the
chance to just paint and to have fun. I also used a mixture of the watercolor and the oil technique
for this fluffy cloud that I shared on my Instagram, and it was so much fun to paint because I could play around with it and I adjust things until I
was happy with the result. So, if you’re familiar with watercolors, acrylics, or oil, or if you’re completely new to anything, I think it’s such a fun
medium to paint with. So, if you want to learn
how to paint with gouache, you can check out the videos right here. And if you have even more questions, comment down below and let me know. I really hope you enjoyed this
video and found if helpful. Thank you so much for
watching, have a wonderful day, and I will see you on my next video, bye.

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