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Art Glossary: Gouache

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Gouache paint

Gouache paint typically comes in a small tube.

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Definition:

Gouache is an water-soluble paint that is opaque, rather than transparent like watercolor. Gouache and watercolor paints can be used together.

White is one of the paint colors available in gouache, unlike watercolors, where the paper is preserved, or kept pristine, as the white in the painting.

Pronunciation: goo-wash or gwash
Also Known As:
  • body color
  • designer's gouache
  • opaque watercolor

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