Both Watercolor and Gouache have their unique properties and offer benefits that an artist would may like to have in their artwork. It's important to know the benefits come and drawbacks when you are choosing one over the other. The differences they have are pretty key, for example when it comes to glazing. Glazing is a process where a wash of color is applied to an already dried area of darker paint. The process can be repeated until the desired effect or color is achieved. You can glaze with watercolor but you cannot with gouache. I found this article which highlighted the similarities and differences between the two mediums very well, going into detailed explanations which can be very helpful when learning about a new medium. I put together a Venn diagram of the key differences. Do you have experience working with watercolor and/or gouache? What similarities or differences would you add?
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Jennifer is a visual arts teacher and artist that specializes in painting and drawing. She is passionate about teaching skills and techniques along with the process of how to make art so that her students feel empowered to make their own creative choices!
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