Learn to Paint with Gouache: A Daily Practice in 31 Questions and Answers
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Gouache can be an elusive medium. How do you pronounce it? How do you use it? Painter, educator, author and illustrator Cleo Papanikolas of Cleomade will teach you everything you need to know about gouache, how to paint with it, and how to find your own painting style. Her latest book, The Opposite is Also True, explores how trying to find the “best way” or the “right way” to do something in art can result in discovering that the opposite way is also good. Art rules are very slippery and contradictory, so it’s all about figuring out what is best for you right now. On each day of this daily practice, we'll ask one question about gouache - like "What is the difference between acryla gouache and regular gouache?" or "Do I paint light-to-dark or dark-to-light?" - and then paint out experiments to find the answers. Cleo helps build your confidence in your skills and develop the independence to be able to ask new questions and figure out the solutions on your own.
 
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Brushes - #10 flat, #8 round and variety to test what you have
  • Plate or palette
  • Gouache - a basic set of primaries, black, white, and any favorite colors
  • Sketchbook - Cleo is using Handbook Journal Co. Travelogue series “drawing” 5.5” x 8.25”
  • Water cup
  • Paper towel
  • Palette knife
  • Parchment or cardstock cut to the size of your sketchbook pages to be used as interleaving
  • Pencil and sharpener
  • Paper towel, rag, or blue towel
  • Removeable tape such as washi tape, artist tape, or magic tape
  • Binder clip or banker's clasp
  • Watercolor kit
  • Swatches of watercolor paper for testing
  • Scissors
  • Gesso and acrylic matte medium
  • Additional supplies:
  • Acryla gouache
  • Blow dryer
  • Old dried out gouache or watercolor paint
  • Tracing paper 
  • Cardstock for stencil-making
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor pencils
  • India ink
  • Pelikan ink
  • Gelly roll pen
  • Posca pen
  • Newsprint
  • Collage paper
  • Oil varnish such as Gamvar satin and disposable brush
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Paint with gouache
  • Select paint brushes
  • Choose paper
  • Prepare sketches and paint out experiments in your sketchbook
  • Mix gouache with other mediums
  • Overcome any hesitations about beginning to paint
  • Build up your technical skills and knowledge to forge forward with gouache

What you'll get:
  • Easy-to-follow video lessons on the many applications of gouache
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Print-at-home PDF containing a detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instructions by artist Cleo Papanikolas of Cleomade
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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fantastic teacher
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Krystallo Tziallila
The instructor did a great job to demonstrate different techniques with gouache.
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Karen Lifford
Great technique that I was unfamiliar with. Clear instructions and great videos make this an easy addition to your art tools.
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