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Fine Art : the Q&A Gouache

T7 Extra Fine Gouache: Which papers should you paint on with gouache T7?
Whether they are smooth, grained, white or coloured, choose heavyweight papers (above 180g). Lighter papers are too easily soaked and have a tendency to warp.

T7 Extra Fine Gouache: In what proportions do you dilute T7 Extra Fine gouache?
It depends on the effect you want to obtain. The more you dilute it, the more the gouache loses its opacity. With a very high dilution, you will obtain watercolour effects.

T7 Extra Fine Gouache: Once dry, is gouache indelible?
No, absolutely not. The colours may be re-diluted with water: remember this when you cross or layer colours. If you do not want to "drag" the colour of the first layer, apply the next layer with a steady hand and without repeats.

T7 Extra Fine Gouache: When a pink shade is covered with a clear colour, the pink shows through. How do you avoid this?
With traditionally used pigments, the pink colours (especially lacquers) tend to "resurface". There is a specially formulated covering white in the T7 Extra-Fine range that will prevent this phenomenon.

T7 Extra Fine Gouache: What are the main differences between gouache and acrylic?
Both can be diluted with water, however:
- Once dry, acrylic is indelible while gouache is not.
- Acrylic allows for obtaining volume and dimensional effects (especially with the gel auxiliaries and mortars). Gouache does not.
- The appearance of the gouache is also unmistakable: extreme depth and colour intensity, very matte and smooth finish.

T7 Extra Fine Gouache: How do you use a brush to create nice flat washes without any marks, but with perfect edges?
Apply a large barrier of Drawing Gum all the way around the area to be filled in. Once the Drawing Gum is dry, apply a flat wash without it overflowing. Once the T7 Gouache colour is dry, remove the Drawing Gum.

Studio Gouache: On which papers can you paint with Studio Gouache?
Whether they are smooth, grained, white or coloured, choose heavyweight papers (above 180g). Lighter papers are too easily soaked and have a tendency to warp.

Studio Gouache: Once dry, is gouache indelible?
No, absolutely not. The colours may be re-diluted with water: remember this when you cross or layer colours. If you do not want to "drag" the colour of the first layer, apply the next layer with a steady hand and without repeats.

Studio Gouache: What do we generally refer to as primary colours?
These are pure colours that are not obtained by mixing other colours. They are threefold: Primary yellow, Primary Magenta, Primary Cyan. These three colours allow for obtaining, through mixing, all other shades. The primary colours of Studio Gouache are perfectly chromatically balanced to ensure the best accuracy in mixtures.

Studio Gouache: In what proportions do you dilute Studio Gouache?
It depends on the effect you want to obtain. The more you dilute it, the more the gouache loses its opacity. With a very high dilution, you will obtain watercolour effects.

Studio Gouache: How do you use a brush to create nice flat washes without any marks, but with perfect edges?
Apply a large barrier of Drawing Gum all the way around the area to be filled in. Once the Drawing Gum is dry, apply a flat wash without it overflowing. Once the Studio Gouache colour is dry, remove the Drawing Gum.

Studio Gouache: Is Gouache not primarily intended for children?
Not at all. It is recommended for children because it dilutes and cleans up with water. It is, however, a highly technical product with a unique appearance (shiny and velvety colours), traditionally used for illustrations, comic strips ...

Gouache Auxiliaries: How do you avoid damaging brushes with Drawing Gum?
A simple little trick: soap the head of your brush before use. After use, clean it immediately. It is, however, preferable to reserve a brush for the specific use of Drawing Gum.

Gouache Auxiliaries: Is it necessary to varnish a picture or illustration done in gouache?
No. However, the matte finish of gouache sometimes disappoints children: a suitable varnish provides the shiny aspect they prefer. Generally, varnishes waterproof the artworks and thus protect them, however, they also lessen the unique velvety matte aspect of gouache.