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:
|What kind of paint?||Watercolor||Acrylic|
|Can it be rewet once dry?||Yes||No|
|Can you reuse paint dried on the palette?||Yes||No|
|Can you lift color off paper once dry?||Yes||No|
|Will colors mix if you paint wet over dry?||Possibly||No|
|Can you paint over it with watercolor once it is dry?||Yes||Yes|
|Can you paint over it with gouache once it is dry?||Yes||Yes|
|Can you mix it with watercolor fresh from the tube?||Yes||No|
|Can the two kinds of gouache be mixed together fresh from the tube?||No||No|
|What kind of surface does the dried paint have||Matte, velvety VS the translucence of most watercolor||Matte, 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.
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.