I first discovered the medium of gouache last spring through my friend, Erin. Ever since I first played around with it, I've been wanting to purchase a few tubes for myself to integrate into my pieces, but never got around to it since I was focusing on learning more specialized techniques for watercolors.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, gouache, much like watercolor, is a water activated medium. It differs from watercolor through the pigments, binding agent, and opacity. It's much less fluid than watercolor, but you can get some pretty incredibly vibrant color pay off and beautifully textured strokes.
Thankfully, I have an affinity for perusing the art aisles at hobby and craft shops in my free time - which usually gets me in trouble with the bank account, but in some cases, like this past weekend, it paid off! I ended up getting a new set of professional grade pan gouache for $10!
I started messing around with new techniques and here's a little glimpse of what I've been creating: