How does gouache differ from other watercolor techniques?
A primary difference between the two paints is that gouache is more opaque than watercolor. When a layer of watercolor is applied, the white paper and any preliminary drawings underneath will show through, whereas when a layer of gouache is applied, the paper will not show through nearly as much. Due to the transparency of watercolor, the light is able to travel through the pigment and reflect off of the white paper, giving it a luminous quality that differs from gouache’s matte finish. Despite these differing properties, watercolor and gouache are nearly identical in makeup. I use watercolor more often, I even have a favorite site hippaint.com, where I always find new painting techniques or drawing ideas.
Elizabeth: Gouache is a paint that can be used like watercolor by letting it harden in your pallet, or like oil, using it straight from the tube. It has a very high concentration of pigment which makes the colors it produces quite extraordinary. Bev: Do you have other books that have been published? Do you illustrate for other authors? Elizabeth: Bernelly and Harriet is my second book, though the first that I both authored and illustrated. My first book was Henrietta, written by the Pulitzer Prize winning author David Mamet. Bev: How did you come to choose mice as your characters? Do you have other stories to tell about Bernelly & Harriet? Elizabeth: I chose mice for this story, as it was the country mouse and the city mouse fable that I wanted to rewrite. I draw many other animals though, pigs, bunnies, alligators even people. As to more stories about Bernelly and Harriet I have heard, recently, that they were planning a trip to Paris. It seems that now Harriet needs a new pair of sho
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