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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #60 on: January 27, 2015, 09:38:14 PM »
More water, and add a drop or two of gum arabic. :)

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #61 on: January 27, 2015, 10:09:30 PM »
More water, and add a drop or two of gum arabic. :)

Thanks Linda

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #62 on: February 18, 2015, 01:24:27 PM »
I wish I had found this video before I tried mixing gouache for the first time. I made the mistake of using tap water, and then a bunch of mold grew in it, gross! Thanks to your video I learned to use the distilled water and I'm having much better luck now, thanks!

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #63 on: April 20, 2015, 02:15:21 PM »
I use Shinhan gouache, I love its very nice color set (69 colors! perfect for Eric the compulsive supplies junkie  :o ).  I just use water, that's it.

I don't use a brush, I dip my nib straight in the mix and voilą!   Trouble free.   Good on both up and down strokes, fine hairlines too.

Brad, I have no idea why you might have upstroke issues, sorry.

I find the pigments settle at the bottom after a day or two, and shaking is not enough.  I need to use a small brush or stick to "undo the goo" and all is fine within seconds.  Lovely!

I use the Nikko G.  The other nibs were... meh  :-\

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #64 on: May 30, 2015, 03:28:08 PM »
Is distilled water only necessary if you're planning on storing your mixed gouache? Mold won't grow on dried gouache, correct? I definitely used tap water for some pieces I created as gifts! Can you tell how well I paid attention in science class?  :-[

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #65 on: May 30, 2015, 04:21:40 PM »
LOL! Sadly, mold can grow on dry pieces as well. I have been known to cheat and use well water from time to time. And yes, I have had a piece grow mold over a couple of years. BLECH!  ;D
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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #66 on: May 30, 2015, 04:49:01 PM »
OMG - Tap water, the gift that keeps on giving #oops

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #67 on: December 04, 2015, 11:04:34 AM »
This is my first question, just joined the forum. what a fantastic place! Still trying to get used this site and did a few searches. My question is: why do I have bubbles in my gouache? I have no issue writing with it...but the bubbles drive me insane. I'm using w&n designers gouache. Thank you for your help. Hope I'm doing this correctly.

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #68 on: December 04, 2015, 01:39:22 PM »
Hi! Welcome!

Are you overstirring? It could be from that or it could be impurities in your water. You may want to try again with a different water source. Or it could also be the container you are mixing it on/in ... there could have been a soap residue from previous washing?

Just thinking of some ideas!
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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #69 on: December 04, 2015, 05:37:55 PM »
My question is: why do I have bubbles in my gouache? I have no issue writing with it...but the bubbles drive me insane. I'm using w&n designers gouache.
Welcome to FF !
I get bubbles when I shake my dinky dips after not using the gouache for a few days, but the bubbles go away rather quickly.  (I use Shinhan gouache.)  I don't know if it has anything to do with the amount of water you use to dilute it?

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #70 on: December 06, 2015, 06:09:42 PM »
Thank you both!!! I heeded your advice and it has helped. I think I was over mixing. Many many thanks. And this is such a wonderful
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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #71 on: February 07, 2016, 10:07:56 AM »
I have ordered some bright pink ink to write on black but it's to sheer. Will gouache look good on black?
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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #72 on: February 07, 2016, 10:09:40 PM »
Hi Linda,
You could try adding more of the gouache itself to the mixture. It should look almost opaque and really pop on the black. Although I suppose it depends upon the quality of the pigments as well.
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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #73 on: February 08, 2016, 08:05:20 AM »
I have ordered some bright pink ink to write on black but it's to sheer. Will gouache look good on black?

Sometimes adding a touch of bleedproof white to gouache will make it opaque enough to show up on black paper without lightening the color of the gouache itself too much.

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Re: How to Mix Gouache
« Reply #74 on: July 22, 2016, 08:28:10 AM »
Hi Erica,

Thanks for sharing this video and this is something really new to me. Never heard of 'gouache'. But after reading these post i want to try it for sure. Don't know if i would get that in India. Is there any other name for it? Or someone from India who has bought it can help me out.

Ashok