Notebook, 1993-

MATERIALS & METHODS - Painting - Aqueous Paints - Gouache

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

Gouache - Supports and Grounds

Grounds for gouache may be the same as for watercolor. However, although watercolor is almost always painted on a bright white ground, gouache has been very often used on a toned ground. Linen rag paper, gessoed panels, rag cardboards, and the like are most often used for gouache painting. Most of the gouache painting at the turn of the century was executed on toned supports such as cardboards of a middle gray or brown tint. These tones come through the loose strokes of gouache with a lively silvery effect and often serve throughout the picture to create harmonious middle tonalities. Toulouse-LautrecÍs gouaches, such as the one reproduced here, demonstrate the expressive potential of this method. [ pp. 135-136]

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



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