A modern, easy-to-use, and authoritative guide to painting with gouache, including the basics on this exciting and centuries-old medium, techniques for all skill levels, and practice projects from an experienced author and illustrator.
This charming and contemporary step-by-step guide to gouache (pronounced "gwash") is perfect for creative people who have dreamed of painting inspiring subjects from everyday life. Gouache is a water-based paint similar to watercolor that has the opacity and layerability of acrylic paints. It creates wonderful washes, allows for layering and texture, and dries quickly with a unique matte finish.
Illustrator Emma Block presents everything you need to know about this whimsical and fun medium, including expert guidance on tools and materials and techniques that will make it easy to use. Thirty lessons cover subjects from simple, such as your morning coffee cup and bright lemons, to advanced, such as fluffy animals and portraits of your friends and family. All of this is accompanied by her workshop-honed instructions and step-by-step illustrations, which will help you build the skills and confidence to finish beautiful pieces of your own.
Emma Block is an artist, professional illustrator, and author of The Joy of Watercolor. She has done illustration work for clients like Reuters, Stylist, Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Hodder & Stoughton, teNeues, Hardie Grant, Hearst, Uniqlo, Orla Kiely, Anthropologie, Hand in Hand Soap, Mollie Makes, Time Out, and Trader Joe's. She lives and teaches gouache and watercolor workshops in London.