Wednesday, 21 August 2013

I'm not sure how to say this...

...'Gouache'. Really. Up until a few weeks ago I honestly didn't know how to pronounce it far less what it actually was. Perhaps that's why I'd never tried it before - the inability to actually ask for it in an art supply shop! 


Jotter Doodles - available as greeting cards in my Etsy shop

My friend Angela had suggested I might like using gouache so I asked her what it was and how to say it. Once she told me I decided that, yes, I might like it and so I ordered myself a set of 24 Daler Rowney colours from Amazon. The first lot went missing in transit and had to be re-sent. Then the supplier sent me oils by mistake which I may have kept if I liked oils but I really don't - they are messy and take way too long to dry for my liking and I already have a set that I've only ever used on one painting. Anyway, eventually my gouache paints arrived last Saturday. 

I tried them out for the first time on Monday and the jury is out on whether I like them or not. I like that you can paint light over dark so they are certainly more forgiving than watercolours but I'm not 100% sure if I'm using them right despite watching several 'how to' clips on You Tube. Anyway, the piece I'm working on isn't finished which is why I'm illustrating this post with another jotter doodle instead. 


If you didn't see my last post on how the jotter doodles came about you can have a wee catch up right here:

                                                                  Doodles in an old Jotter

Heart Song


My parents were here visiting from Sunday to Sunday and I had a lovely week with them.  The weather wasn't quite as wonderful as the week my sister stayed in July but while we had our fair share of rain, it only seemed to fall when we were in the house or in the car - every time we got out of the car to visit somewhere it stayed dry and sometimes the sun even put in an appearance so I can't really complain about that!

Me and my parents at Wick Harbour
We dropped my parents back to Inverness airport on Sunday and then S went off to the Orkney Islands with work on Monday so after a few weeks of various visitors suddenly it's just me and the dogs (and the grumpy garage cat!)  

Actually Purdey is a lot less grumpy than she was three weeks ago when she came to live in our garage - I'm not sure she'll ever be able to integrate into the house with the two dogs but hope springs eternal.  

Each time we go out to the garage to spend time with her we take her a ham slice much like the ancient tribes taking a sacrificial virgin to appease the volcano monster. I try to do reiki with her every day and I swear it helps - she curls up in a ball like a little kitten and purrs the whole time. She'll never be a cuddle puss but she does come up to us and rub her head into our hands for a little bit of a pet before deciding enough's enough and stalking away growling under her breath!

I missed Paint Party Friday last week but I'm linking up again this week and will try, as always, to visit as many folk as possible over the weekend. 


30 comments:

  1. Gouache and watercolor work wonderfully together. But with gouache you can build up a lot of texture and create very dense passages. I think it'll grow on you. I pronounce it so it rhymes with squash. Lovely jotters! Nice family too. Give grumpy a bit of extra ham for me :)

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  2. haha, there are a lot of words that I didn't know how to say. When I was younger I knew what or-derves were when I heard it,but then when I saw this word: HORS D’OEUVRES I had no idea what that was. It took me a while before I put the two together.

    I love your new card! I like the saying and the image. Your parents look nice and I think you resemble your mom. Hope they had a good visit.

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  3. I'm glad to hear you've had a nice time and those pesky paints have arrived! I love gouache - but I like anything that is opaque and flat! Keep going, I'm sure you'll get to like them! Thanks for the mention x

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  4. beautiful new work, I never know how to say that word either and I have had to ask for it! I accidentally bought a tube one time and really liked what I could do with it, so when I went back to buy another I felt a bit of a fool, not quite sure how to pronounce it, lol, I don't like oils either, too slow to dry like you said, what a great family shot, you must have had such a great time showing family your new home, I wish I had a grumpy cat, I wish I had any cat!

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  5. You have such creative ideas! I like the Jotter Doodles, and what you wrote to go with the drawings. I can't wait to see a gouche piece. After all the trouble in getting them, I hope you have good luck with them! And.... AW! You're so cute, the three of you together!

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  6. Gouache - yes, I feel the same about them. They are just like the chalky paints we used to use at school! That said, they come in to their own when used on buff toned paper... and the white really stands out! Actually, the white is the only colour I have for emergency use in watercolours... not that I do many of those. But to rescue the odd highlight... Anyway - try them on toned paper. You'll be surprised I'm sure! :0)

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  7. what a great picture of you and your parents! I love gouache! if you can make peace with the chalkiness of it, the color it delivers is divine!

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  8. You say it like this: http://translate.google.com/#fr/es/Gouache
    You have to get a good brand otherwise they peel and get flaky on you! I used them a lot in the past wiht mix results lol
    Hey, Purdey is a Tuxedo cat, they are never too friendly but they are so cute! (My cat is the same and he's been with us for 5 years now)
    So nice your parents visited! I want to see mine too ♥

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  9. Never tried gouache, interesting to see how they work for you! Pudey is a character! <3

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  10. I love your jotter doodles! So simple yet so effective. I have been planning on buying some gouache but still didnt' get to it. My inspiring artistpost on Wednesday (http://www.denthe.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/artists-that-inspire-me-vassia-alaykova.html) featured an artist who uses a combination of watercolours and gouache, and that just made me want to try them out more. Looking forward to what you'll create with them!

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  11. Wonderful painting with a wonderful Quote. Love them both :)
    Happy PPF and have a fine Weekend
    Erika

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  12. fine that it works so great for you...
    for me the best way to make tiny splatters and dots are my Neocolore II watersoluble crayons. Taking a tiny amount with a wet brush from the tip of the crayon, and as they are so well pigmentet the platters are just awesome for me... and no mess..
    Happy PPF!

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  13. Simple but beautiful works and lovely post. Good luck with gouache and I am glad that Purdey like reiki :) have a creative and inspiring week!

    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Gouache is a rather underused medium, in fabric design I used to use it a lot as it gives large strong areas of colour. I have a large set of colours but I don't use them as much as I would like too. You have reminded me to dust down the box! Glad you had a few bright days with your parents.

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  15. I just recently bought gouache for the first time and have started painting with them. I quite like the dry look they produce and they are covering well also :-)
    Your sprinkle doodles look light and charming!
    You and your parents look great together. And your grumpy Purdy sounds like a real cat cat ;-)
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

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  16. Hi Nic, I love your Jotter Doodle card and the words that go with it. It is fun to watch your series change and develop. You have such good ideas and seem to enjoy doing so many different things.

    It is great that the weather cooperated while you were out and about with your parents. Have a great week.

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  17. Hi Nic, I use gouache sometimes, but I always end up veering back to watercolours. Glad you have had a good time with family, nice to see them and catch up in person isn't it.

    I'm going to check back a post and see your one on jotter cards. Your blog is still not showing up when it should with new posts. No idea why, so sorry if I miss some of your posts :)

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  18. I am familiar with gouache but don't have any experience with it either...look forward to seeing how it turns out for you. LOVE your doodles and so nice to see a pic of you and your family!

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  19. I don't know how to say it either. :) I like your jotter doodles. Fun work! And it's great to see you and your parents. Happy PPF!

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  20. I'm loving your jotter doodles.:) I love looking at family pictures. You guys are awesome. :) Good luck with the kitty, I'm sure your virgin sacrifice will bear fruits some day.

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  21. First I went back to read about the birth of your jotter doodles-awesome! Love the pic of you with your parents at Wick Harbor-looks like a beautiful place. Gouache, I know nothing about it but every time I see that word I think of goulash which is a Hungarian dish I had to eat growing up (no, I never took a liking to it. Looking forward to seeing how you use your new paints.Happy PPF!

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  22. I looked up the word on pronunciation and it says "goo wash" or gwatch. That's okay, I pronounce it gouch. tee hee. Love your jotter doodles. Hope all is well with you and how exciting that your parents were staying with you for a bit. You look very happy and pretty in the photo. Take care.

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  23. I like your butterfly and daisy doodle, Nic. I didn't know how to pronounce it either till I looked at Gloria's comment above mine and it says goo wash or gwatch. I'll have to go listen to the pronunciation on my computer. I'll also have to check out what it is. I thought it was a bit like acrylics.

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  24. I have always wanted to figure out how to work the watercolor and goauche together like some of the beautiful things I see other artists do. I understand goauche was used a lot by illustrators.
    Good looking family, Nicola!

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  25. I love gouache, it is creamier and silkier than watercolours, and the colours are brighter too. Happy PPF.

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  26. Love the photo of you and your parents. You look so happy in each other's company. I looked it up one day - and what I found was "gwash" I'm not sure that's right but that's what I found. Your doodles are very sweet. In my mind doodles are great because they are (or should be) right brain only activities.

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  27. Love seeing the smiling faces!!!
    Gouache gives off a kind of matte finish, a nice rich color, I like it!

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  28. I like the deep color of gouache paints! Nice you had an enjoyable visit with parents!

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  29. I can't wait to see how your gouache painting turns out. It is something that I have never really used + wouldn't dream of trying to pronounce it cause I would certainly get it wrong. (Funnily enough I actually have written down on a post it note to google gouache paints + how to use them!

    Loved you jotter doodle this week too
    x

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  30. Have never tried gouache paint, but might like to give it a go. I was in the Orkneys in July and loved the town of Kirkwall. The cathedral ... so ancient and magnificent!

    Happy PPF.

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