Gouache is a watercolour, and I love exploring its possibilities. It is like a sister to traditional watercolours, having many of the same properties, but at the same time has its own personality. Gouache is opaque, which means you can easily paint over stamped lines to give a no-line painted look. It also means you can layer one colour over another, yes, even a lighter colour over a darker one which opens up a freedom when painting – if you make a mistake, just paint over it!
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creamy opaque gouache
I stamped the flowers coming out of a welly boot from the Garden Boots set on Arches Hot Pressed card for its smooth surface and then painted over the lines with gouache. There are many gouache options on the market. However, I find that a tube of white gouache mixed with pigment from my primary watercolours takes me a long way, especially with lighter colours. For darker shades, a few tubes of gouache are an excellent option to fill in the gaps.
I die cut the arrangement with the matching die from the Garden Boots set. I foam mounted the boot onto a circle of Ivory card I had run through with the Mandala Plate die and then cut using a Nested Circle die. Next, I added the circle, again using foam tape to a piece of Neenah Desert Storm card that I had again run through with the Mandala Plate die. I love the subtle stitched details, which add that little something extra without overwhelming the focal point. Finally, I added the panel with, yes, you guessed it, more foam tape to a card base cut and scored from Ivory card. I do love a bit of dimension!
For the sentiment, I stamped a greeting from the Garden Boots set in Versamark ink on Ivory card and sprinkled with Antique Gold embossing powder before heat setting. I then die cut the greeting with the matching die and added overlapping the welly boot. I must admit, although this was the perfect placement for the greeting, it did cover up a feature I had painted on the welly – a little label just like the Hunter wellies have. Ah well, next time.
I have these little cards that I like to jot down notes, to-do lists and such on, and I thought they were the perfect way to remember the colours I had used when painting this card. This way, after I have sent the card, I still have a record of it.
So tell me, have you ever tried using gouache? It is fun to explore supplies that are new to us. If not gouache, how about a gel plate. That is still on my list of things to play with.
Right, that’s me for today. Thanks for popping by and speak soon.
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