Returning to Bold Color with Gouache Paints

I’m still going through a “period of transition,” so I haven’t been able to devote a lot of time to my art and photography. But I got some free time recently and I browsed through my past work I did in college.

I realized that when it came to working with colors, I really enjoyed painting as an art medium rather than picking a dry art medium to experiment with colors. After mulling over the realization for a few days, I decided that I was going to get back into painting and make it one of my art mediums I dabbled in.

My paint type of choice? Gouache paint!

I had a very hard time finding some gouache paint to experiment with and eventually create some artwork with. Every other art supply store only carried watercolor, acrylic, or oil paints and that wasn’t what I wanted. But after some searching, I eventually found a set of six gouache paints from Windsor & Newton and I couldn’t wait to try them out!

I went to my favorite park and found a quiet spot to play with the paints for a while. I had some sheets of watercolor paper to use, so I used two sheets as my “test papers,” so to speak. I tested each color by themselves (except for white because that wouldn’t really show up), then mixed the three primary colors and secondary color with the black and white to see what would come out.

I really like these paints as they are highly pigmented and easy to work with. I can thin them out with some water for a watercolor effect or lighter color and they mix very well with each other. Plus, a little goes a long way; a small dab on the tip of my brush can produce a vivid stroke on the paper!

I’ll play around a little more, but I already have some good ideas for what subjects I want to paint in the future.

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