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Pebeo > Fine Art > Gouache > Studio Gouache

Gouache : the Q&A Studio Gouache

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 ...