Next EpisodeNext Series
Getting Started

Viscosity - Gouache

Congratulations! You've finished the course!

Scott discusses the wide range of effects possible with gouache and how to use water to attain them.

13min 43sec

The opacity of gouache is determined by the:

  • Amount of water in the color mix (more water = less viscosity).
  • Opacity of the pigment itself (adding white to any color will increase its opacity).

Gouache offers a wide range of effects based on the viscosity of the mix including:

  • Transparent washes.
  • Color mixing / bleeding.
  • Hard / soft edges.
  • Thick, textured passages.

The only way to understand these effects is through experimentation.  

Create abstract studies of a variety of colors to experiment with:

  • Transparency
  • Ability to mix with / bleed into other colors
  • Application in various thicknesses
  • Tinting strength when mixed with white

Learn to manipulate the edges of adjacent colors with water and different brush strokes. Paint gradated shapes with a variety of colors and intensities.

Painting surface

Gouache paints


Water and container

Downloads will open in a separate browser window where you can use the features of the browser to move files to your computer.
No items found.

Thank you for being a Continuing Education member! These additional supporting videos are available as part of your membership. Enjoy!

Upgrade Your Membership Today!

The following videos are available to our Continuing Education members.

Learn more about Continuing Eduction
No items found.