Every year I like to try something I've never done before and for 2020 I picked...gouache. I had to laugh at how excited everyone was to find out what it was. I hope it's not too disappointing. It's just paint.
I saw someone reviewing this paint set on You Tube and thought I would give it a try. Of course. I'm such a sucker for DIY videos. That's how I got into all that cookie decorating trouble.
After you peel off all those tin foil lids this is what you get. Gouache is like a thick, opaque watercolor. It's kind of like the poster paint you used as a kid.
I made a swatch page and had fun with it using it like a watercolor. It stays put more than watercolor but you can still use it pretty much the same way.
Daughter's kitties were very interested. I love painting there because she has a big island with a sink. You can get fresh water to clean your brush whenever you need it without getting up. That's nice.
It mixed well and when it dried on the palette it came back quickly with a little water. It does dry faster than watercolor but it's not chalky.
I was painting my big kitty stamp with it when I remembered......
...there is a reason you get two whites. Instead of adding water to lighten the color you are supposed to use white which creates a very different look. That's a game changer. Now I need to start over and do it right.