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Gouache

Art lovers must be aware of the word ‘Gouache’. Though, many confuse Gouache with watercolor but both are two completely different things. The word gouache has originated from the Italian word “guazzo” which means water paint or splash. It first appeared in 16th century Italy. The Italian artists used to apply oil paint over a tempera base and that’s where it acquired its name. From there, it traveled all around the world and found immense popularity in art community for its usefulness.

Gouache basically refers to a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water. People often mistake gouache for watercolor because of presence of pigments and particles. But in reality, gouache is heavier because of presence of an inert white material. Gouache is also more opaque and clearly demonstrates better reflective qualities whereas particles are larger in watercolor.

Talking about the technique of gouache, it is quite deceptive in nature. Compared to watercolors, gouache is considered as a more immediate medium of painting. When wet, it is actually drier than it appears. Because of this particular reason, using gouache one finds difficult to achieve the same shading in multiple painting sessions. Though gouache offers limited number of works to artists but is used frequently for graphic works that include designing works and posters.

J.M.W. Turner was one of the foremost English landscape painters. He used gouache in many innovative ways and did amazing work with the medium. He is also known for using wash technique because for which he was termed “painter of the light”. He was one of the leading exponents of gouache art medium that inspired several other artists.

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June 30, 2010 Posted by | Painting Media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Painting Media

Painting media is used by artists to express their creativity. There are several painting media. Major among them are;

 

Dyed Fabric Painting

Fabric Painting

Fresco

Acrylic Painting

Wax Painting

Wood Paintings 

Marble Paintings

Oil Pastel

Canvas Painting

Charcoal Painting

Graffiti

Gemstone Painting

Glass Painting

Silk Paintings

Sketching

Gouache

Ink Painting

Palm Leaf Paintings

Paper Painting

Pottery Painting

Sand Paintings

Soft Pastel

Stain Glass Painting

Tempera

Watercolor Paintings

 

The usage of painting media differs from artist to artist. For some, watercolors are more suitable whereas some others find oil paintings more appropriate to their style and creativity. One of the oft-repeated statements is if an artist has managed to find the most suitable style of painting media for his or her expression, then half of the job is done. Thinking of it, we would not have wondered in disbelief if Mona Lisa painting had not been an oil painting used on wood panel.  

 

The process of choosing the right media starts with deciding upon theme. Once theme is decided, painting style is decided afterwards. Painting style signifies what needs to be done to bring that idea on canvas and finally the decision of choosing the media. Many famous painters are known to dabble in different media but it has been said that, a painter can give his best to only one media. It’s also true that, an artist can choose any form of media to express his creativity but then, that requires an eye to details, the unknown possibilities and letting loose of imagination. Art can not be limited to few Medias because for an artist, whole world is a canvas.

 


October 3, 2008 Posted by | Painting Media | , , , | Leave a comment