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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Jun-19 > The power of gouache

The power of gouache

Combine watercolour with gouache to paint vibrant, lively colour sketches, with Sarah Wimperis


Practise brushwork

Take the worry out of painting with watercolour

Discover how useful gouache can be

Garden in Poland, watercolour with gouache, 8x101⁄2in. (20x27cm)

Gouache, also known as body colour, has been used by artists for over 600 years. It is made up of a high ratio of colour pigment and gum Arabic as a binding agent, just like watercolour, but it also includes a solid white pigment, such as chalk. It has a lovely heavy velvet-like texture that absorbs light, to create a smooth appearance, which makes it ideal for opaque coverage.

Like watercolour, gouache is sold in small tubes or tubs. It is diluted with water before you paint, but will be far less translucent than watercolour when diluted with the same amount of liquid.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.