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ARC Review: Creative Gouache by Ruth Wilshaw

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Publishing date: November 30, 2021


Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache! In Creative Gouache, artist Ruth Wilshaw shares her step-by-step techniques for creating brilliantly vibrant effects with this easy-to-master medium, a perfect companion for transparent watercolor.

In this comprehensive guide to gouache, you’ll:
Get an overview of essential materials and surfaces.
Learn basic handling and coloring-mixing techniques, including layering, creating blends, and adjusting opacity, plus troubleshooting tips for common challenges, such as dealing with shifts in color and value from wet to dry.
Explore how to paint fun, simple motifs, flowers, butterflies, landscapes, and lettering.
Discover fun gouache techniques, such as adding texture and painting gradients and blends.
Learn how to incorporate other mediums with gouache, including paint pens, colored pencil, and watercolor.
Use what you learn to create inspiring projects such as dimensional artwork, clay décor pieces, and cheerful banners.
See what you can create with gorgeous, wall-to-wall color with Creative Gouache

Perfect for creative beginners, the books in the Art for Modern Makers series take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.

My Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is an excellent guide to painting with gouache! I’ve used gouache before, but I learned so many techniques and tips here that I am now itching to put to use. The innovative projects have easy step-by-step tutorials and the end results are gorgeous. I had no idea you could do so many things with gouache. I haven’t used mine in years, but now I have to pull them out and try some of these techniques.

I must order a physical copy of this book to use as a reference while painting because there’s no way I can absorb and remember everything laid out so deceptively simply here in one reading.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry Books for providing an e-arc for review.

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