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The Art of Gouache by Jeremy Ford

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214540
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 90
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £14.99
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'If you want to learn about gouache, this should keep you satisfied for a very long time.'

If you love painting with watercolour and are ready to experiment with something different, then the versatile medium of gouache could be just the thing for you.

Gouache is water-based, quick-drying and, can be painted light over dark as well as dark over light. Ideal for the beginner, it can be used thinly in a watercolour style, or more thickly as with oils or acrylics.

This guide covers all the materials and tools required and has a comprehensive techniques section that includes overlaying colours, colour blending and troubleshooting.

Experienced author Jeremy Ford takes you through three simple, step-by-step projects, each showcasing a unique style of painting with gouache. Numerous finished paintings are included to demonstrate the range of subjects, styles and techniques that you can achieve, and encourage you to develop your own style of painting using this exciting medium.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

What is gouache? 8

Materials 12

Getting started 16

Colour and light 22


Gouache techniques 34

Overcoming common problems 52

Project: Rosebay Willowherb 54



Introducing poster style 76

Project: Ullswater Lake 80


Introducing illustrative style 96

Project: Red Onion Still Life 102

Moving forwards 114

Composition 116

Painting portraits 126

Painting animals 132

Framing and mounting 140

Afterword 143

Index 144

About Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford studied graphic design at the Southport College of Art, and Illustration at the Harrow College of Art. He has been a freelance illustrator, artist, demonstrator and teacher since 1978 and has illustrated a wide variety of books and greetings cards. He lives in Yorkshire and runs popular painting workshops and holidays.


'Just as they did with Oil Pastels, Search Press have set out to rescue a Cinderella medium and, in Jeremy Ford, theyve found an author whos prepared not merely to look at the medium, but to champion and challenge it. A substantial book with plenty of illustrations, examples, lessons, exercises and demonstrations, this is as thorough and comprehensive a guide as you could wish for. Jeremy not only discusses materials and techniques, but looks at just about every way gouache can be used, from straightforward representation to poster-style and to images that look almost photographic. Subjects include landscapes, flowers, people and animals and theres plenty of instruction as well as discussion of what you might want to do and how to tackle it.'

'If you want to learn about gouache, this should keep you satisfied for a very long time.'

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