One of my favorite ways to show my love is by making custom illustrations. I painted this Gouache painting for my husband’s oldest brother Spencer and his wife Charees. This last year has been a rough one for Charees’s health and I wanted to send them some love even though we are miles apart. We send our love to them everyday in our prayers and on occasion it is fun to spoil them with a little more.
Gouache paint is my favorite paint medium to work with. It carries both qualities of watercolor and acrylic. In my opinion if far surpasses acrylic paint. Not very many people know about gouache paint and I think it is a real shame. Most hobby stores don’t even sell this paint anymore and I have to buy it on line to stock my supply. I have bought this set for myself and really like it.
Gouache is an opaque watercolor, which means water on your brush will pick up the pigment from the paint but it is not translucent like watercolor. It goes on opaque like acrylic but dries matte, unlike acrylic, which has a glossy plastic look when it is done. Gouache paints best on watercolor paper but will warp the paper as it dries if you don’t have the edges taped down.
I think it has a beautiful finished look and if I have a few minutes to paint I will most often choose gouache. It is easy to set up and clean up and a great paint for budding artist. Here is a great inexpensive $15 set for beginners.