Sunflower – Gouache on Gouache

Artwork-Holbein Artist’s Gouache and Acryla gouache on a Stonehenge Aqua ColdPress Black watercolor paper.  

There are two kinds of gouache – watercolor and acrylic. One of the nice things about acrylic gouache is that it has a matte surface and you can use watercolor over it. Of course, transparent colors won’t show up very well, so you need to use either gouache of the watercolor kind or very opaque watercolors.

I was experimenting with switching that around – using the acrylic kind over the watercolor kind. I’ve found when painting on black paper that I often forget to leave enough black showing. It’s the same principle as remembering to leave the white of the paper.

I decided to try adding acrylic black to bring more of the black back, jack (sorry! I couldn’t resist the rhyme).

Anyway, I used a really cheap brush when applying my acrylic lines and couldn’t make them thin enough. So I applied some of the watercolor gouache and then some of the acrylic and … well – it was gouache on gouache.

Turns out that it works pretty well.

The difference between Gouache and Acryl or Acryla Gouache was discussed in my post Gouache VS Acrylic Gouache.


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Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

12 thoughts on “Sunflower – Gouache on Gouache

  1. This is stunning! I love the black. It really makes your other colors pop. I just might get my gouache out

      1. Your work does nudge me to invest in a little set of gouache to use. I’m just noticing how many historical and contemporary watercolor artists combine these two without compromising either medium.

    1. Many thanks, Sharon. I do have fear, too much of it at times. Being someone who was almost to the point where I couldn’t leave the house, I decided that wasn’t going to continue. Art is one of the ways that I force myself to ignore it and just do things. That’s also one of the reasons I keep trying new things.

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