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An introduction to Gouache

Heather Martin

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What is gouache? Gouache, rhymes with squash, and wash. When I started painting in it, I had the worst time spelling it, and nobody knew what it was anyway. So a simple trick, go- u - ache.  This medium is growing rapidly in popularity, but has been around for a loong time. It was commonly used in old advertisement illustrations, but I see it a lot now used with entertainment industry artists. I think art heroes like James Gurney, Mike Hernandez, and Nathan Fowkes (some of my personal favorites) helped it be come so popular. Technically, it is opaque watercolors, and is thought of as...