I hope you’re excited to learn all about gouache — it’s such an exciting medium!
Gouache came about in the 16th century after artists applied oil paint over tempera, using gouache to achieve a matte finish. It was also used in the 18th century for adding details to pastel paintings. In the 19th Century it was produced industrially. So you’re part of a long history of gouache painters!
…you’ll learn about the supplies needed, and you can get started on some basics like getting your palette set up and make an initial Tint and Shade swatching chart. Let’s get rolling!
Download this Preclass PDF and follow along!
Each lesson will have its own pdf, and the content in the pdf is different than what you’ll read on the lesson page, so be sure to download each to review prior to starting your exercise.
I always like to have a “fab” entry spread as the first one in my sketchbooks – and I invite you to do the same in your sketchbook for this class!
Save the first inside spread for later in class when you find a lesson you loved and rocked. Create a new alternate version of it on that first spread! Change colors, scale, or whatever you’d like. That way your first spread won’t be just a bunch of swatch charts. It makes a difference when looking through your sketchbook and seeing one of your best pieces as you open it!
I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…
However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.
At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.
A discussion of supplies needed for this course.
As with all my classes, use supplies you love, being prepared for different results. (Which is not a bad thing!)
I recommend as always to get the best quality you can afford; poor supplies don’t prepare you for what you’ll need to know for that day when you step up to artist quality materials. Please note that I do not recommend the super cheap brands for this course; I found a bunch of them to feel like painting with pudding, and that’s just…ick. LOL.
There are 2 brands I can definitely recommend; at the time of this writing, the WN set is about $60, and purchasing the DS would be about twice that cost.
A note about acrylic gouache: once it dries, it’s not rewettable like gouache, so some techniques that rely on lifting may not work. Though there’s plenty to still learn in this course, you might find a few spots where you’ll need to adapt. Let me know if you run into those situations!
If you’d like to try a palette, I can highly recommend the Joybest airtight palette – but you can also just squeeze out a little paint as needed onto a mixing tile, and keep your paint tubes in a basket on your desk!
You can use any sketchbook that works for you, but this class is intended to create small paintings in this inexpensive little sketchbook which is just under 3″; the handouts have instructions indicating that size. If you want to use something larger that’s fine – though I recommend doing lots of practice at a small size til you get water management handled. 🙂
You can easily get away with your cheap brushes! Sizes to consider are in this Jack Richeson travel brush set that includes flat 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, round 2 4 6 8 . If you’d like the JR set, it’s here: Blick • Amazon
Additional note after this was filmed: a student tested her Micro Glaze and found it did not work on gouache. Links to find the Dorlands Wax is in the supply list above.
This is another public YouTube video you may have seen, but if not, enjoy! This Jumpstart class has no stamping in it, but once you learn how to deal with the paint in the course, you can create cards using stamps and gouache!
Now that you’ve seen some great info about gouache, if you’d like to learn more, click here to sign up for class to join your fellow artists!