Painting a vase with flowers in gouache

by | April 17, 2018 | From my desk, Gouache, Illustration, Sketchbook, Video

I’ve had some busy weeks, but I’ve been wanting to make new videos. Here’s a short speed painting video where I show how to paint simple flowers in a vase using Gouache paint.

It’s a lot of fun combining shapes and colors this way. Hope you enjoy the video!

Click here to watch: Painting a vase with flowers in Gouache

I’m really enjoying working in gouache lately.

With gouache it’s important to know that it dries a little bit darker than the color you see when it’s still wet. There is acrylic gouache that dries to the exact same color, but it can’t be reactivated with water, which I find really cool about regular gouache paint. Basically, you can think of gouache as watercolor with white pigment mixed in to make it look more solid. It will cover underlying paint layers, so you can work from dark to light with this paint - something you can’t do with watercolor.

It’s also possible to use gouache for calligraphic purposes, and you can actually see me using a dip nib in this video when I add some fines details to the leaves and flowers.

Since I love the process of painting (it’s as relaxing as practicing lettering skills!), I will share more about it in the future for those who want to learn more. I hope you’ll come with me on this journey! I still love lettering, but lately I feel I’ve already covered the basics so many times that it’s time for something new.

I’m currently in the process of preparing my next Skillshare class, which will be about painting flowers in gouache. Stay tuned for more!

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