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What is Goauche?

First, let’s start with the pronunciation. It sounds like “gwash” and rhymes with squash.

Gouache is often described as opaque watercolor. While these two mediums have many similarities, gouache differs from watercolor in its quick dry-time and matte finish.

Janice Sung – Gouache on Strathmore 500 Series Ready Cut Watercolor, Cold Press
Goauche has a higher pigment content that is ground into larger particles than watercolor. This prevents it from granulating, causing opacity and a matte finish versus the translucent finish of watercolor. The bold, flat, poster-like finish makes it a versatile medium that is excellent for illustration, fine art and lettering.Below is a side-by-side comparison of artwork completed by Minnie Small in gouache (left) and watercolor (right).

Kloosterboer on Glorious Color

The Premise

When Didi Menendez, publisher of PoetsArtists Magazine, invited me back to curate a special edition for the second time, I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation. Curating Idiosyncratic Monochromes in 2017 was a tremendously enriching experience for me, especially because that issue was so well received.

This time, to juxtapose the previous monochromatic theme, I chose Glorious Color as the starring leitmotif and published a call for submissions asking for paintings and drawings created in vivid, bright, intense colors. My objective: To publish a spectacular anthology of realist artwork expressed in vivaciously flamboyant color schemes that will show the artists’ bold and intrepid use of a variety of polychrome palettes that will wow the reader.

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