GOUACHE INFORMATION page
Peter Robertson of Westcoast Art Group paints all his artworks using gouache.
Gouache is a watercolour paint to which gum is added, producing an opaque effect.
In watercolour the tiny particles of pigment become enmeshed in the fibre of the paper. In gouache the colour lies on the surface of the paper, forming a continuous layer, or coating.
A gouache piece is characterized by a directly reflecting brilliance. When applied with bristle brushes it is possible to achieve a slight but effective impasto (thick-coated) quality; with sable brushes, a smooth, flawless colour field is obtained.
A painting technique of great antiquity, gouache was used by the Egyptians. It was a popular medium with Rococo artists such as Francois Boucher (1703-70).
Contemporary painters use gouache alone or in combination with watercolour and other mediums.
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