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Definition of gouache

1 : a method of painting with opaque watercolors
2a : a picture painted by gouache
b : the pigment used in gouache

Examples of gouache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tintin creator Hergé crafted the elaborate design—intended to grace the cover of his 1936 comic book The Blue Lotus—with ink, gouache and watercolors. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Tintin Drawing Sold for €3.2 Million Is the World’s Most Expensive Comic Book Art," 15 Jan. 2021 The Strathmore’s Visual Mixed Media journal comes with a hardy 190 gsm paper, which works well for wet and dry media including pencil, pen and ink, gouache or watercolor, and acrylics. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Mixed media sketchbooks for creative people," 22 Oct. 2020 The reference books show how Schorn uses not only colored pencils, but other materials and media such as pastels, ink and gouache to create certain effects in his art. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Colored-pencil artist Phil Schorn gets inspiration from leaves," 20 Oct. 2020 In an eerie premonition, an ink and gouache drawing by François-Nicolas Chifflart shows the fire in the cathedral imagined by Victor Hugo in his novel. Elaine Sciolino, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Notre-Dame Crypt Reopens for the First Time Since the Fire," 9 Sep. 2020 The heads of his snow geese, swans, and ducks seem to approximate life-size, each one rendered in Sibley’s signature gouache technique, a variation of watercolor that shimmers with radiant color. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows.," 20 May 2020 Her drawings are notable for their variety and fluency, both of technique and imagination, whether the medium is pencil, watercolor, ink or gouache. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Artist Karen Sandstrom posts illustrations during pandemic to share whimsy, joy and wonder," 19 Apr. 2020 In her lighthearted watercolor, gouache and ink drawings, a menagerie of foxes, hedgehogs, turkeys and other woodland creatures share the canvas with smatterings of flowers and leaves. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: The look of hand-drawn art is hot in decor," 18 Sep. 2019 His artwork, much of it in gouache, a thicker, more opaque form of watercolor, was featured in numerous exhibitions. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gouache

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gouache

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

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“Gouache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gouache. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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