James Gurney, Gouache

Still working on our business deadlines and will begin posting soon…
I am keeping my drawing daily intact but the posting I have no time for!
In the meantime sharing a few good teachers.

James Gurney is a prolific poster, and a great teacher.
I value him for his Gouache info (I bought Gouache in the Wild), because I am not adept —
dabbled with it in the whites/silver/gold tones, use it a bit in watercolor.

We also share working with museums, so that is fun for me too!

Sharing two posts, his most recent, a Q&A, and one on materials…

Gouache: Tubes or Pans?

Today let’s take a look at some questions that blog readers often ask about gouache.

Do you use gouache squeezed out of tubes, or dried in pan form? Secondly, how do you reactivate the gouache after it dries on your palette?

It is possible to use gouache in pans, since gouache is water soluble. It has the same binder as transparent watercolor does, namely gum arabic, which will reactivate when it gets wet again.

It used to be more common to find gouache manufactured in pan form, but there’s at least one company that still offers it that way. Caran d’Ache offers a 15-pan set of pan gouacheMore about their gouache line on this previous post.

If you want the ability to rewet your gouache, don’t use any of the various “acrylic gouache” products, such as Acryla Gouache, which has a closed surface after it dries, meaning water won’t dissolve the dry paint.

Can you use watercolor and gouache together?

Yes! In fact, transparent watercolor and “artist’s” gouache aren’t that different, because these days most quality manufacturers don’t add a lot of whitener or filler to their gouache, as they did in the old days when it was called “designers” gouache.

Gouache and watercolor from reputable manufacturers such as M. Graham, Holbein, or Winsor and Newton tend to be pigment-rich and relatively transparent, unless the natural pigment tends toward opacity, such as Venetian red. Because of their close kinship, gouache and watercolor …. continue reading at  Gouache: Tubes or Pans?

The other is an excellent materials list!
Learning from others what they use saves me so much money trying this or that!

Gouache Materials List

I was putting together a gouache materials list for an upcoming workshop, so I thought I would share it with you, too.


You can use illustration boardwatercolor paper in sheets, a watercolor paper pad or spiral bound watercolor sketchbooks. However, I prefer to paint gouache in 5.5 x 8.5 inch hardcover stitched-in watercolor journals….  For more on brushes, medium recommendations, and his set-up, read Gouache Materials List!

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