This book is a highly practical step-by-step guide to working with gouache and not only teaches and inspires novice painters but also introduces more experienced artists to the advantages of using this much overlooked, but wonderful, medium.
'If you want to learn about gouache, this should keep you satisfied for a very long time.' Artbookreview.net
If you love painting with watercolour and are ready to experiment with something different, then the versatile medium of gouache could be just the thing for you.
Gouache is water-based, quick-drying and, can be painted light over dark as well as dark over light. Ideal for the beginner, it can be used thinly in a watercolour style, or more thickly as with oils or acrylics.
This guide covers all the materials and tools required and has a comprehensive techniques section that includes overlaying colours, colour blending and troubleshooting.
Experienced author Jeremy Ford takes you through three simple, step-by-step projects, each showcasing a unique style of painting with gouache. Numerous finished paintings are included to demonstrate the range of subjects, styles and techniques that you can achieve, and encourage you to develop your own style of painting using this exciting medium.
144 page paperback
I have tried gouache on and off, but watercolour is just not my medium. But for carrying to my local art club, gouache is so much more convenient than oils, I bought this book to find out more about gouache. Any medium has it's advantages and disadvantages, and knowing these idiosyncrasies helps me as an artist. This book gave all the information on gouache that I was looking for, and more that I never knew about. I had expected to read through this quickly, but instead found myself reading carefully and going back to re-read certain chapters. I think an inexperienced artist would find the chapters on styles interesting and enlightening. As an amateur artist who has painted for years, I certainly found myself learning more, and taking a second look at those chapters too. Altogether an excellent book on gouache, deep enough and yet enjoyable to read. If you have any interest in using gouache, I would recommend this book. Catherine Smith (FALKIRK, United Kingdom) on 28 Jun 2019
Besides Stephen Coates, Mr.Ford produces books that are easy to learn a lot from
His teaching skill, whether pastels, watercolor and now gouache, is clear, succint, deep Alexis Moore (Coral Gables, USA) on 3 Nov 2020
I agree with the previous reviewers comments. The book gives a number of ways to work with gouache and demonstrates the process. Myself I feel Gouache is a very under rated medium. It is very versatile great for loose and detailed work. No mediums to add or retarders, boosters or whatever. Just add a little water. John Inkson (Wolverhampton, United Kingdom) on 4 Aug 2019