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How to Mix Gouache

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Sherry Lu:
I saw in the video. I gotta try that! :) See if it works better. Haha. Because right now it's either too globby, or there's nothing adhered. I want to love gouache so much.

Erica McPhee:
It is tricky to figure out but once you learn the right consistency, it is the same as using a sumi ink or even Doc Marten's White. It is like the consistency of 1/2 and 1/2. Just a bit creamier than milk.

Ink is, of course, closer to water. So there is definitely a difference in texture/consistency.

If it is too lumpy, you either need to stir it more or add just a couple drops more of water.

If it makes you feel better, I hated gouache the first few times I used it. But once I got the hang of it, I loved it.

This video is very helpful. I finally tried using gouache for the first time but instead of water I used gum arabic but I can't seem to get the consistency right. You can't see the ink when I try to do upstrokes but flows ok with downstrokes. I guess I just have to play around with it more.

I think you'll have much better results if you try it again, but this time try it with distilled water.  If you feel you must use gum arabic, just add a drop.  Hope this helps.


Ok, I will-I just thought gum arabic is good because people swears by it. Distilled water it is...

Thanks =)


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