I love using gouache and acrylic paints in my paintings! Why? Because they are my “mistake erasers.” These paints are great for hiding mistakes and covering up unwanted flaws.
If you’ve been painting with watercolor for some time now – you’ve probably run into a mistake or two that was unmanageable – especially your paint has dried. At this point you have 3 choices – well really 4.
If you get to the last option – chances are you’ve hit rock bottom. But before completely giving up – re-think your painting and open your mind to new possibilities – the possibilities or using acrylic, ink, and Gouache to cover up those dastardly “mistakes.”
And while we are at it – re-think those “mistakes” as opportunities to play around with something new and unexpected. Something that you hadn’t planned on before – but actually might look better in the long run. This is the exact reason I love Modern Watercolor. Because when I’ve hit rock bottom in a painting – I can always re-adjust and add in some unexpected supplies to spice up the painting – covering up the “mistake” as if it was never even there.
The biggest mistake most beginners make when it comes to watercolor is loosing those precious highlights that add so much to your painting. I have three supplies that I use to gain back these highlights depending on how much of a “mistake” I need to cover up. Usually – I’ll mix a hint of of my watercolors in with these paints to tone the white to that precious highlight color. Below is a list of my favorite highlight savers.
The next mistake erasers I use are the “Distractors.” These typically are acrylic or gouache paints that are very opaque and can easily cover up a “mistake” with little effort. Sometimes – I’ll even mix these together to create even thicker colorful/iridescent colors for my paintings. Below is a list of my favorite distractors.
Even some thick watercolors can be used as distractors when used in thick concentrations and have an opaque appearance. Such as…