appleandtangerine said: Hi Caroline! I've finally found the time to start experimenting with the gouache medium (I have tried others) and was wondering what are the essential colors for starting? Also, is mixing gouache colors more similar to watercolors or acrylics (or even oils)? Thanks!
Hi! Mmm for colours, I would say your usual oils palette would be a good basis. I don’t have colours I specifically use for gouache, so whatever you usually use is probably good.
As for mixing, I would say it’s similar to oils in terms of controlling transparency/fluidity. But for that really nice, matte gouache look, use about 1 part colour to 1/2 water, until it feels kind of creamy. You can paint opaquely without water, and if you add too much water it’ll start to behave like watercolours. In terms of reversibility, it’s more like watercolours, so you can go over dry paint with water to erase/fix/what have you. Experiment with it, there’s lots you can do with gouache!