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Gouache or Gesso?

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NTS: do not use the $15 tube of gouache when you're too lazy to go find the bucket of gesso and you're out of white acrylic. Get up and go find the bucket.

I still, after 10 years of wondering, haven't determined why i ever bought that expensive tube, or why people prefer it to just mixing some gesso with color to lighten them. It does pretty much the same darn thing -- chalky opaque additive.

I've used both gesso and gouache with watercolor and can't tell the difference visually or texturally, yo. maybe I should use them side by side on the same piece. I feel an experiment coming on.

Personally, I think people just like to say they used something french and fancy sounding when they talk about gouache.
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  1. EraserQueen -
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    The only reason I like gouache is because I can go over it again with a little water. You can't go back with gesso LOL. But experience has made it so I need to 'correct' less and less, so I don't use it much any more.'

    So I suppose if people like gouache, they must make a lot of mistakes they don;t like!

    Also, I think if you get gesso in your watercolor cake tray, it dries permanently and messes up your paint? *shrug*
  2. nicci -
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    Quote Originally Posted by EraserQueen
    The only reason I like gouache is because I can go over it again with a little water. You can't go back with gesso LOL. But experience has made it so I need to 'correct' less and less, so I don't use it much any more.'

    So I suppose if people like gouache, they must make a lot of mistakes they don;t like!

    Also, I think if you get gesso in your watercolor cake tray, it dries permanently and messes up your paint? *shrug*
    Hmm. The going over it thing seems to make sense. Then again, if I go over something, it's generally a full re-paint, so gesso is ok.

    As for the getting gesso into the cake tray, I usually add the color to the gesso, not the other way around. I haven't had a problem with it messing up the cakes if it does get onto them, though!