Gouache VS Acrylic Gouache Part 1


Artwork: Holbein Acryla Gouache Mixing Set of 5  on Hahnemühle Britannia watercolor paper.

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the store … queue music from Jaws!

Note that this painting was done on white paper, not black. I recently got a set of Acrylic Gouache and it includes a very rich dark black. So don’t have black paper? Make it black with acrylic gouache!

Acrylic gouache? AKA Acryl Gouache or Acryla Gouache. Yes. It is definitely different from Gouache or Designer’s Gouache.

It’s confusing, but important that you don’t confuse the two. The two mediums handle differently and cannot be mixed together from the tube. One can be painted over the other though, and finished paintings from either have similar qualities. Gouache is a form of watercolor paint, and Acrylic Gouache is acrylic paint. So, what does that mean?

If you have bought acrylics with a matte finish in the past, acrylic gouache is likely to be the same thing, just sold under a new name, because gouache is enjoying a comeback.

A list of the main differences:

GouacheAcrylic Gouache
What kind of paint?WatercolorAcrylic
  
Can it be rewet once dry?YesNo
  
Can you reuse paint dried on the palette?YesNo
  
Can you lift color off paper once dry?YesNo
  
Will colors mix if you paint wet over dry?PossiblyNo
  
Can you paint over it with watercolor once it is dry?YesYes
  
Can you paint over it with gouache once it is dry?YesYes
  
Can you mix it with watercolor fresh from the tube?YesNo  
  
Can the two kinds of gouache be mixed together fresh from the tube?NoNo    
  
What kind of surface does the dried paint haveMatte, velvety VS the translucence of most watercolorMatte, velvety VS the shiny, satin of most Acrylics

Why might you prefer one over the over? It’s the same issue as whether you prefer watercolor or acrylic.

What’s the main benefit of acrylic gouache over regular gouache? Because acrylic gouache has a matte surface, you can paint over it (once dry) with either watercolor or regular gouache. This means you can prep a background with acrylic gouache.

Page in a watercolor journal prepped with a background of acrylic gouache. Later, I’ll paint over it watercolor or regular gouache. Note that this is streaky because I used an incredibly cheap brush not because of the acrylic gouache.

That means you can prep a page with a wash of acrylic gouache, let it dry, and then paint over it with watercolor or regular gouache. You can prep ahead, and then paint over the color minutes later (as long as it has dried) or months later.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the results I got from painting over this background.

Unbelievable Cactus In Stippling


Now are these cactus unbelievable because no one can believe such cactus exists or because they are unbelievably cool cactus.

I love words almost as much as I love drawing and painting and it gives me joy to come up with a title that can have more than one meaning. No doubt though – these cactus were done with the stippling – little dots – technique.

Thank you Alice for giving me this Cuttlelola dotspen. It IS unbelievably cool!

I’m taking off from posting, the rest of the week so Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate and I hope everyone has something wonderful to be thankful for whether they celebrate or not!

Dinner at the Black Hole Diner – Tangle Drawing


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard

I started this one while at the airport, waiting to come home from Florida. Airports always feel a little bit like a black hole to me, sucking all the energy from you – hence the title.

Since I got home, I’ve played hide and seek with it, finding it and adding a bit, losing it and finding it again. I’m convinced it was hiding out in that Black Hole!

Desert Island Discs


Artwork – Desert Island Discs-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard

So I did manage to get all the episodes of Lost in Space Season 1 watched, but I wasn’t totally artless while doing so. I always have a set of my Zebra Zensations Technical Pens and Nostalgie Postcards sitting close to my chair.

So no list of favorites discs ( I don’t have favorites that way – they constantly change), just lots of linework.