GOUACHE is a painting technique in which an opaque white pigment is added to watercolor to produce opacity.
The color lies on the surface of the paper, forming a continuous layer or coating. A gouache painting is characterized by a beautiful surface texture. With delicate application by sable brushes a smooth, flawless color field is obtained. I prefer to apply the paint to heavy hot pressed rag paper. See Gouache Gallery.
ENCAUSTIC is a painting technique in which pigments are mixed with hot, liquid wax. After each of the wax layers has been applied to the surface, a heating element is passed over them until the individual brush marks fuse into a uniform film. This “burning in” of the colors is an essential element of the true encaustic technique. I prefer to apply the wax to a flat wood panel. See Encaustic Gallery.
PRINTMAKING is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Art prints have an element of originality, rather than being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotypes (singular pieces), the art printing process produces multiples (identical duplicate copies), in what is called an edition. The edition is composed of these prints, and each print is customarily numbered, dated and signed by the artist. I prefer to work with oil based inks on rag paper. See Printmaking Gallery.