Gouache, now there’s a word.
I don’t mind telling you this, but I had to watch a number of gouache related videos before the correct pronunciation stuck in my head. Do I still wish it was pronounced Goo-Ache. Yes, I do. It’s more fun.
So what is Gouache?
Well, according to Wikipedia:
Gouache paint is similar to watercolor but modified to make it opaque. A binding agent, usually gum arabic, is present, just as in watercolor. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk may also be present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities.
My definition – a paint I can actually do something with, unlike water colours.
It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t have any preconceived ideas paints. It was only three months ago I put all notions of painting (I used this term loosely) on the ‘Baahahaha! that’s never going to happen‘ list. But, during the past month I have been happily splashing my gouache about for all to see.
Also, all over myself, the office and on one occasion, the dog.
Of course, today’s post isn’t about my actual Gouache Poppies (the ones I did on printer paper), but my digitised ones.
That’s right folks, these are fakes.
But, you knew that, because thanks to Adobe’s Creative Suite, even the likes of me can produce something half decent for their Monday blog post.
Of course what the likes of me are still struggling with is knowing all the processes, and short cuts to producing more than half decent somethings. But, I feel I am making progress which is why I am going to continue with my current deep immersion learning strategy –
‘Make Pretty Pictures, Faster’.
Take this Gouache Poppies Pattern for example, it only took me one evening to produce (in Illustrator). Three months ago it would have take a week.
Don’t get me wrong, an evening is still far too long for one basic pattern, especially as I already had my bottles and poppies drawn and converted into vectors, but I am getting quicker.
And, I am getting the hang of gouache.