So far I’ve not ventured away from my basic watercolour set but when I saw a set of gouache paints for less than the price of a posh coffee I thought it worth a try.
Obviously they’re not going to be top quality and probably won’t be light fast but ideal for a bit of a muck around.
This is my first go with them, they’re much the same as watercolour in operation but thicker and more opaque. However, having said that I started off with a very watery mix so can be treated like watercolour.
I’ve not seen acrylic in use but I imagine these to be halfway in-between watercolour and acrylic. Something else I’ll try at some point since I only recently found out acrylic is water soluble as well.
I’ve painted thumbnail sketches of other paintings by Dennis Pendleton, the idea behind it being that I don’t have to waste any brain capacity (a limited resource here) thinking about composition and concentrate on how to work with the paint. Also, the varying styles I’m copying can subconsciously train my brain to alternative styles to my own.
So far I like this paint, in fact I might prefer it in a way to watercolour as I’ve been able to layer slightly, and it’s quick to dry which is great if you’re as impatient as me 😳
In case you’re wondering what colours I used, the tubes and the brushes I used for each picture are those alongside each, which surprised me when I realised I’d only used blue and brown on the first one which is probably my favourite.