Comparing Watercolor, Gouache, and Watercolor Inks

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Comparing Watercolor, Gouache, and Watercolor Inks

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Mixing mediums of watercolor, gouache, and watercolor inks has been a new adventure of mine and it’s so invigorating! It’s been a bit of a learning curve (honestly I’m still learning about it!) but if you’re interested in experimenting with these mediums, I want to help you get started by answering questions like:

  • What are the main differences between each medium?
  • When should I use what?
  • Can I use all three?!?!

If you want more of my extended workshops on watercolor, gouache, and watercolor inks, check out:

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Gouache
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Inks



Comparing Watercolor, Gouache, and Watercolor Inks

00:00 – Intro
00:21 – Big difference #1: Opacity and Transparency
03:03 – Big difference #2: Using Wet-in-Wet
06:00 – Using all three together
06:48 – Difference #3: Using Wet-in-Dry
09:55 – Difference #4: Color Mixing
12:18 – Deeper dive into all three mediums…
12:36 – When to use what?!


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  1. Kate Frances says:

    Oh I’ve always wanted to try inks but get overwhelmed by choosing which type. This has been really helpful 🥰

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