While the term “gouache” wasn’t introduced until the 18th century, similarly opaque water-based mediums have been used by artists for thousands of years.
In ancient Egypt, colorful pigments were bound together with honey and other binders to create an early form of gouache, and by the middle ages, Persian artists were using a rudimentary form of gouache to decorate their famously beautiful Persian Miniature paintings. In the 15th century, Albrecht Durer relied on the matte finish of early gouache to give his paintings a soft glow, and in the 18th century, François Boucher used the paint to capture the pastel colors of his famous “The Birth and Triumph of Venus”.
Gouache paint is fun and useful. It’s a historically important medium, and whether you use it alone or in tandem with other materials, mastering gouache will give you a new arsenal of ways to express yourself creatively.
About Master Class Gouache
Gouache, like watercolour, is a water-soluble colour based on gum arabic. However, as opposed to transparency and aeriality of watercolours, one of the most valuable properties of gouache is high opacity – the ability of colour to overcoat underlying layer.
‘Master-Class’ gouache is distinguished by perfect covering ability and paint layer density. The paint layer becomes matt velvety after drying. All these properties allow using it in serious art and graphic works.
These are a level above the “Designers'” gouache available in other brands.
Master Class Gouache colour chart can be found here.