Gouache Paint and Supplies
Gouache [pronounced gwahsh, French, from Italian guazzo] is a water-soluble, opaque paint. I enjoy working with this medium because of its rich, saturated color and flat, velvety even surface. Unlike transparent watercolor, gouache allows the artist to work back into its surface, change color and repaint sections. Once used by many illustrators for its strong chromatic characteristics, gouache fell by the wayside once the use of computer-generated illustrations became a standard. Gouache is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity with fine artists who choose it for its ability to be both opaque and transparent depending on the amount of water added to the pigment. I like to add just enough water so that the mixture resembles a thick cream.