Notebook, 1993-

MATERIALS & METHODS - Painting - Aqueous Paints - Gouache

Painting Methods - Brushes - Supports & Grounds - Care & Display

Gouache - Care and Display

Gouaches, like transparent watercolors, are usually shown under glass and should be protected in storage from atmospheric impurities. Occasionally gouache is varnished, but this results in a great change in the optical qualities of the colors, causing glossy transparency where matte opacity originally was intended and giving the painting a thin and often spotty look. If the painting is ultimately to be varnished, the artist must anticipate and make allowances for these changes. The varnish must be very dilute, or it may cause the heavier strokes of gouache to crack. [pp. 136-137]

Kay, Reed. The Painter's Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.]



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