How to mix a gouache palette

Gouache is more forgiving than watercolour paint, but decisions you make early on can still affect the rest of the painting, so planning your colour choices in advance will ensure you get a pleasing palette with harmonious colours.

Although it may be tempting to dive in to start painting right away, this usually results in a lot of mistakes and tedious backtracking. If you lay down a vibrant violet sky in your initial wash, for example, the chances are that’s what you’ll end up with. Depending on the amount of moisture in your brush, gouache can also lift and mix with each layer applied on top, so there’s a limited number of times you can rework an area before it becomes a muddy mess.

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Laura is an illustrator and production artist from Vancouver, Canada. She’s worked in film, TV and on children’s books.