Gouache 101: How to Produce a Bold and Decorative Design | Kate Cooke | Skillshare

Gouache 101: How to Produce a Bold and Decorative Design

Kate Cooke, Textile Designer and Illustrator

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8 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Class Project

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Colors

    • 5. References

    • 6. Sketch & Layout

    • 7. Painting

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to try painting in gouache but haven't been sure how to use it?


In this class, I'm going to show you how I paint with gouache, I'll give you lots of hints and tips to get the best from your paint and how to produce a gorgeous little work of art.

I'm Kate, I'm an experienced textile designer and illustrator, and for all my working life I've used gouache to create my designs.

Its opaque, mat coverage is quick drying, easy to use and inexpensive. It can wash like water color, blend like oil, and dry like acrylic, so really it's an all-round great paint!

I'll share with you my process for:

  • Choosing materials
  • Mixing a color palette
  • Finding inspiration
  • Designing and sketching images and,
  • Painting a beautiful design in gouache to hang on the wall

You don't have to be really experienced at painting, I will walk you through how to get started, and equally if you are an experienced designer or artist, I will be sharing my own personal tips for stylization and creating a decorative picture with gouache.

I will set a project for you to incorporate all the skills I will be sharing with you.

By the end of the class, you will have a really good idea of how to tackle painting with this fabulous medium, and how to compose, and paint your own picture.

So let's get started —  see you in class!