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Creative Gouache

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I don't like step-by-step instructions, but as someone who has problems with painting in gouache, the troubleshooting steps really helped me. A great beginner's guide, though, covering everything from paint to brushes and surfaces!
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This was a lovely book to get you started on painting with gouache.  I appreciated the tips and the examples provided.
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Wordefull guide and informative guide of using goucthe excelent for beginners and just about
 anyone wanting to explore gouache and know more
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** Free Copy received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher **

I'm so glad that the amount of books for gouache are increasing. While gouache is opaque watercolor, most watercolor books are not really oriented towards using opacity intentionally, or addressing gouache specifically. So seeing Creative Gouache was great as it adds specific techniques and approaches meant for gouache that until recently, hasn't been very common in art instructional books.  This covers mostly small nature/floral paintings which seems to be popular in gouache books lately. The exercises and trouble shooting for the projects are where this book stands out. Very fun.
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This is a great resource for beginning gouache painters and anyone looking for inspiration. The art is well presented and explained. This book would make a great gift for young artists
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This is a very good book for people very new to Gouache. There are amazing tip and tricks. This might not be a book for people expert in using gouache.
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This is a good resource for the very beginning gouache painters. Those with more experience may find it too basic.
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Creative Gouache is a great book! As someone who loves painting, but never used gouache before, I was blown away at all you can do with it. I will definitely be purchasing a print copy for myself to use as a reference, as well as a copy for the library. I think our patrons will really find it useful. Thank you!
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A wonderful instructional book for learning creative gouache or opaque watercolor. This book gives a straightforward, but detailed overview from needed materials, methods, and a variety of vibrant projects. Stunning, colorful, step-by-step pictures accompany all of the projects. A perfect guide for watercolor artists looking to expand their skill repertoire! 

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
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I had never heard of gouache paint, so was curious to explore this medium. I would love to be able to paint, but am yet to find a medium that works with my creativity. This might be it! The book is beautiful: clearly explaining, breaking each stage down into manageable chunks, and absolutely stunning images to accompany each project. Gouche paint looks incredibly versatile and so brilliantly pigmented. 

I can't wait to try some of these projects: the leaf triptych, the wrapping paper and the bullet journalling page are all to die for!

This would make a great gift for all ages!
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Creative Gouache is a tutorial and technique guide to gouache for beginners by Ruth Wilshaw. Due out 30th Nov 2021 from Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 144 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. 

This is a graphically appealing, well written, and attractive technique book for opaque watercolor and gouache with 9 pretty tutorials including bullet journal layout, dimensional painting, notebook cover, and a painted slab clay dish. The author provides a good basic introduction covering tools, supplies, brushes and other tools, paints, papers, and other surfaces. The supplies covered should be readily available from any art supplies and painting crafts retailer. The technique chapters are arranged around specific settings or effects: basic techniques, inspired by nature, landscapes, lettering, gouache and mixed media techniques. 

Each of the tutorials includes a bullet list of materials in a highlighted sidebar, pictures of the finished project, and step by step illustrated instructions. The photos are clear and in color. The lessons and tutorials are creative and can be easily adjusted and adapted to suit many other purposes. Full size templates are included in the back of the book. 

Five stars. Useful and appealing. This would make a good choice for public or school library acquisition, maker's groups, activity/scouting groups, or the home studio. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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This is the most detailed painting book that I have ever read.  I think this book is just perfect for someone that would love to learn a new medium or is a beginner.  The photos and instructions are very easy to follow along, the projects are fun and exciting and I think so many people could benefit from this book.
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The book creative gouache by Ruth Wilshaw is a good beginners book on how to learn to paint with gouache. The book has lots of step by step tutorials and designs to practice. It also includes basic techniques and supplies needed to start the projects. It also goes over using gouache on mixed media pieces. I suggest this book for anyone who is interested in learning this medium.
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A help if you want to explore gouache
Self-taught artist Ruth Wilshaw presents her book "Creative Gouache. A Step-by-Step Guide to Exploring Opaque Watercolor - Build Your Skills with Layering, Blending, Mixed Media, and More!" which is one in the series "Art for Modern Makers" published by Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry. The book is divided into seven sections: 1) Essential Supplies, 2) Basic Techniques, 3) Inspired by Nature, 4) Landscapes, 5) Lettering, 6) Gouache and Mixed Media, and 7) Projects (e.g., Notebook Cover, Butterfly Case, ...).
Wilshaw shows her love for gouache in stating: "Gouache does have some quirks that differentiate it from regular watercolors, but its unusual qualities are what make it so special. You'll admire how the little paint tubes are packed with pigment, and how you can create beautiful watercolor-like washes alongside boldly opaque strokes. You'll marvel at the ability to rewet an area to fix a mistake, and you'll love the convenience of how quickly it dries in your sketchbook" (p. 8). She also underlines that there are other approaches for using gouache that hers (p. 8). The book is very thorough: the projects include the list of needed materials; furthermore, there are tips included (e.g., Paintbrush care, Tips for adding water to gouache, Creating symmetry, ...) and additional info (such as "Cotton versus wood pulp paper" or "Using leftover paint") and the book offers also templates for certain paintings and projects and an index which is highly appreciated.
Although the book's description states that it is for beginners I highly recommend it also for artists who don't have a lot of experience with gouache.
The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Awesome book. Great for beginners. I am new to painting and this book has immensely helped me to learn and understand about gouache and painting in general. Also the books gives lots of information on how gouache can be used in various medium and not just on paper. Each chapter deals with different projects on how gouache can be used. Also the projects are well explained step by step and doesn't intimidate a newbie like me.
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Nice easy projects and beautiful paintings.  This book is perfect for a beginner.  I enjoyed reading this one, it's simple but effective.  I liked the butterfly project and the ring holder; I may try those on my own one day.  

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I'd say this is one of the best gouache books I've seen so far. The step by step instructions are great, I loved the troubleshooting page (this is usually missing in other books) and the variety of projects is perfect.
I can't wait to try out the butterfly case or the cut out night sky painting.

I can highly recommend this to anybody interested in gouache. A perfect book for beginners.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a wonderful book that is simple to follow, perfect for beginners. I love how the projects are set out, with step-by-step instructions and clear photos, with interesting subjects and different uses. The author's enthusiasm and passion shows on every page, and there's plenty of inspiration to create your own projects as well. Highly recommend!
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This is a beautifully illustrated book packed with information. It starts from the basics of what gouache paint is, how to use it, what brushes to use and how to look after them, what surfaces to paint on, how much water to use to get what effects and  much more. From there it then gives you exercises to follow to get you used to using gouache paint., these are well explained and have step-by-step photos to guide you. 
Finally, there are 9 projects covering all the skills you've learnt in the exercises including lettering, layering, painting on wood and air drying clay. Most of the exercises and projects are based around nature, but there are also some for hand lettering too.
I really enjoyed this book and it has given me lots of ideas of things to do beyond the projects inside. It definitely makes me want to dig out my paints and give gouache another go!

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for this ARC in return for an unbiased review.
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Creative Gouache is a beautiful guide for those new to the medium. It is filled with colorful photos that present and break down techniques to employ when working with gouache. As an artist myself, the information in this book is given in a way that simplifies things and makes gouache seem very approachable. Basic techniques, illustrations, lettering, & mixed media are all covered in book sections, and then a project section follows to give a chance to explore what you've learned!
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