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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Yarka Gouache

Today I tried out my new set of Yarka Gouache (rhymes with squash!). Gouache are water based paints and can loosley be described as opaque watercolors. They have intense color, dry matt, dry quickly and have good coverage and blending ability. They also "take" on the moleskine paper better than watercolor. These were awefully fun as they are very creamy and feel nice as you push the piant around with your brush. I have some reservations with the lightfastness of the colors, but I'm not concerned about that aspect for sketchbook work. I'll be doing several more gouache sketches to really get a good feel for them, so check back soon!


Laura said...

Jumping up and down with excitement! I absolutely LOVE your sketches!!!! I've got some M.Graham and Winsor and Newton gouaches and need to use them more! You are just such a good painter and draughtsman, Jan!

Jan Blencowe said...


Your enthusiasim is very much appreciated LOL Geraniums are such a happy flower anyway you can't help but like'em. Oh, the gouache is lovely to play with, I just haven't had time to get back to it.


Karen said...

Beautiful Jan I love how you've modeled these forms

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks, I try to stick to 3 main values, lt. med. dk. to keep it simple.