Gouache pronounced 'gwash', is an amazingly versatile water-soluble, water-based painting medium. It has a very similar pigment and binder structure to watercolor paint; a finely ground pigment with a Gum Arabic binder. However, Gouache paint contains opacifiers such as chalk/white pigment which gives the paint a matte and more velvety opaque finish once dried.
We discuss creative processes and discover the diverse references that Azraa Motala uses to produceautobiographical pieces as an exploration of her own identity and place in the world, empowering and uplifting women of colour through her work.
'Glue Gesso' or "Italian Gesso" commonly known as Traditional gesso contains rabbit skin glue, chalk and white pigment. Some artists still use this gesso ground, mainly professional artists. Thankfully we have many synthetic equivalents at our disposal.