Gouache Florals: Explore Shape, Color and Creative Composition Staff Pick

Peggy Dean, The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

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14 Lessons (2h 4m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:33
    • 2. Class Project

      0:49
    • 3. Materials

      11:07
    • 4. How to Use Gouache

      6:26
    • 5. Using Round, Filbert, and Wash Brushes

      5:29
    • 6. Doodles with Gouache

      6:37
    • 7. Exercise: Layering Gouache

      13:37
    • 8. Bouquet 1: Playful Outlines

      8:00
    • 9. Bouquet 2: Composition

      17:41
    • 10. Bouquet 2: Adding Ink

      13:43
    • 11. Exercise: Shapes First, Details Second

      13:40
    • 12. Bouquet 3: Creative Composition - Paint

      17:29
    • 13. Bouquet 3: Creative Composition - Adding Ink

      6:50
    • 14. Next Steps

      0:49
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About This Class

Gouache is all the rage right now and it's for a good reason. This highly demanded medium is extremely satisfying to practice. It's a creamy consistency rendering a gorgeous matte, opaque finish.

In this class, we will be learning gouache while experimenting with a new floral painting style that will allow you to try a new approach when building composition while featuring flowers' forms in a more playful way.

We'll be covering:

  • Materials
  • How gouache is used and the results it can produce
  • Doodling with gouache
  • Layering your paint
  • Exercises to break out of your comfort zone
  • Creative composition
  • Color selection
  • Interpreting real florals to record onto paper with paint

This class is for both beginning and seasoned artists. Beginners will learn gouache techniques in a loose, illustrative form, while seasoned artists can play with a transition in medium or artistic style and technique.

Your class project will challenge you to build a unique floral arrangement that screams YOU. 

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Class music courtesy of FREDJI: "Flying High" https://soundcloud.com/fredjimusic