3 Techniques to Combine Watercolor and Gouache in your art
What you'll learn
- The similarities and differences between watercolour and gouache
- Layering paints to create pattern and texture
- How to mix brand new opaque colours using watercolours
- 3 ways to combine them to create harmonious compositions
- Building a colour scheme
- How to use reference images to paint your own bohemian bungalow!
- no course requirements
Gouache is a versatile, water-based medium that has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity. It has a lovely opaque, velvety quality and is perfect for augmenting your watercolour paintings.
I created this class because I used to find gouache kind of mysterious. I loved the look it produced, but what was it? And how do you use it? Plus, I had heaps of watercolours, so I didn’t want to go out and buy a whole new range of paints…
So I came up with 3 techniques that will give you the confidence to paint with gouache AND seamlessly combine gouache and watercolour in your artwork!
This class is for beginner painters through to experienced watercolourists who are new to gouache and want to expand their portfolio. You will add a range of techniques to your quiver and learn to plan your painting with confidence!
You’ll start to look at your paints in a whole new way!
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
Through warm up activities, I’ll teach you a range of techniques before we embark on our final project where we put it all together!
The lessons will cover:
The similarities and differences between watercolour and gouache.
3 ways to combine them to create harmonious compositions
How to mix brand new opaque colours using watercolours.
Layering paints to create pattern and texture
Building a colour scheme
How to use reference images to paint your own bohemian bungalow!
For the final project I will show you, step by step, how to compile reference images, create your own original boho bungalow, then plan out your colour scheme before painting it using your new watercolour and gouache techniques.
SUPPLIES - For this class, you'll need:
watercolour brushes - round brushes in sizes that feel comfortable. I always recommend you have a 0 or 00 for fine details. It makes all the difference.
watercolour paper - I like Canson. Anything that is 300gsm.
good quality watercolours
gouache. You can complete all the exercises with just a tube of white gouache. However if you have more colours, great! The Holbein primary colour mixing set is a good place to start.
1-2 containers of water, for rinsing brushes
pencil and eraser
flannel, or art rags
My Pinterest Board for reference (link in the curriculum)
reference images found in the curriculum section
Who this course is for:
- This class is for beginner painters through to experienced watercolourists who are new to gouache and want to expand their portfolio. You will add a range of techniques to your quiver and learn to plan your painting with confidence!
Artist and surfer girl...
Hi! I'm Hannah, an illustrator based in Perth, Western Australia. Primarily I work in watercolour and gouache. I sell my artwork, work with design clients, wholesalers and students in my one-woman business, 'Mermaid's Coin Art & Illustration.
I live in sunny Western Australia and love to surf! I'm a trained teacher and started teaching in-person watercolour and printmaking workshops a couple of years ago. I now try to balance my creative business with the business of raising two small humans, working part-time, herding cats, and getting into the waves when the swell is up.