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    ever done a greyscale in gouache?

    just finished a greyscale in gouache paint


    man, i never thought it'd be so frustrating


    i'm new to paints, well art as a whole, so everytime i'd turn around something would go wrong. first the mixture of black to white was off so i couldn't paint swatches in sequence, then i couldn't get a proper consistency, then i'd accidentally smudge the good swatches, then i'd accidentally get a microscopic amount of rubber cement on a swatch therefore ruining it so i'd have to go back and match the color exactly to get the precision. finally after six hours i'm freaking finished!


    sorry if this seems long and pointless but i couldn't think of a better way to vent my frustration


    if anyone else has gone through this long process by all means post a reply

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    arg! yes! I'm taking design, and our teacher required that we do a 9 step greyscale in gouache, and then a contrast scale and then a color wheel and a compliment scale and monochromatic scale. The grey scale was the worst though - it made me so frustrated!

    First everything was too watery, and it was transparent, then it was too stiff and it cracked. The surface is so delicate that if you get anything on it, it's ruined.

    Turns out, the key is to paint the swatch with a bit of really watered down gouache first and then paint over that, you get a much better surface and no cracking.

    Gouache scales make me bitter.

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    hmm that's some good advice you got there squirpy, i think i shall remember that for the color wheel i'm doing

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    ahhh i love gouache!! i personally think it's the easiest paint to work with i try to do 1 monochromatic portrait every other day

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