noun \ˈgwäsh\

Definition of GOUACHE

:  a method of painting with opaque watercolors
a :  a picture painted by gouache
b :  the pigment used in gouache

Origin of GOUACHE

French, from Italian guazzo, literally, puddle, probably from Latin aquatio watering place, from aquari to fetch water, from aqua water — more at island
First Known Use: 1882

Rhymes with GOUACHE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Opaque watercolour. Also known as poster paint, designer's colour, and body colour, it differs from transparent watercolour in that the pigments are bound by liquid glue, which is used as a thinner. The addition of white pigment lightens the tone and lends opacity. Gouache paints dry to a matte finish and, if desired, without visible brush marks. They can be applied thinly or thickly. A wide range of colours are available, including fluorescent and metallic pigments. The suede finish and crisp lines characteristic of many Indian and Islamic miniature paintings is produced by this medium; it is used in Western screen and fan decoration and was used by modern artists such as Georges Rouault and Paul Klee.


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