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Beginner’s gouache

Part 2 How to paint light over dark using versatile opaque gouache, with Murray Ince


How to apply gouache light over dark

How to blend gouache by dampening previous colours

Paint fur or hair with a Rigger brush

Paint drapery and folds in material

Gouache is a versatile, forgiving medium and as it is an opaque watercolour you can paint on many colours and surfaces, including black. In last month’s article I introduced gouache to the beginner and demonstrated how to paint a Scottish loch-side scene with flowers and shrubs on Rough watercolour paper. Gouache contains a lot of finely ground pigment, which makes it ideal for portraying vibrant colours that show up particularly well when jewel-like colours are needed. Winsor & Newton introduced their Designer’s Opaque Water Colour in the mid-1930s, which was a vast improvement on the poster colour created just after the First World War.

This too was an improvement on the opaque water-based paints created by the addition of white to colour, which the Victorian watercolourists would refer to as body-colour. Today, calligraphers use gouache as the colours are vibrant, have excellent flow properties and are permanent.

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Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter, catering for beginners and amateur painters. This month we invite you to join our 31-day sketchbook challenge and enter your favourite three images on our online competition. There is more advice on how to fill your sketchbook from Ann Mortimer as she finishes her seasonal series on maintaining a garden journal, and Tony Underhill uses urban-sketching techniques to produce loose and lively line and wash sketches from photographs. We begin a three-part series on painting a stunning blue-eyed cat in watercolour, with tips and techniques on how to paint fur and eyes in all their detail. There are demonstrations for painting buildings and their reflections, a garden scene, boats and even a gorgeous old-fashioned teddy. With practical advice on watercolour, oils, acrylics, oil pastels and gouache, we hope you enjoy your issue of Leisure Painter.