Introduction to Gouache with Jan Lawnikanis

Event Phone: (07) 3286 5360

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  • Gouache with Jan Lawnikanis
     June 22, 2024 - June 23, 2024
     9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Join Jan Lawnikanis in this two-day weekend workshop and discover the unique medium that is Gouache.

Although somewhat similar to watercolour paints, gouache requires some different techniques in its application. Its unique qualities are perfect for illustrations, poster-style work and subjects with a lot of detail. Learn how to use this medium with confidence and create an artwork with vibrant flat colour. As we’ll be working with the CMYK primary colours, some colour mixing techniques will be included.

Suitable for beginners in gouache, those with some previous experience are also welcome.

WHEN: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2024

COST: $450.00


Paints –You will need tubes of traditional gouache (not acryla gouache) of a professional quality brand as they will certainly yield better results than cheap versions. Holbein are the best! The three primary colours of Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, plus black and white, will suffice. Otherwise, bring a set or whatever you may already own. Extra white is handy as you will need more of that than other colours.

Paper –You will require 300gsm watercolour paper in Medium or Hot Pressed (smooth). My recommendation is to buy a watercolour block as the paper is already stretched. ¼ or ½ sheet size is fine. Quality brands are Arches, Saunders Waterford.

Brushes – Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own but include at least two ‘rounds’ with a sharp point (one small and one larger), plus ‘flats’ in a range of sizes. There are so many good brushes on the market Jan doesn’t specify any particular brand, but just make sure they are designated watercolour brushes. (Not acrylic or oil brushes with long handles!). Either natural or synthetic hair are fine.

Palette – Any clean plastic palettes with lots of wells will suit. Otherwise, white ceramic small dishes or plates will also work. Make sure they have a large enough mixing area.

Board –Larger than your paper and something to prop up under one end for working at an angle.

Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc, plus pen and paper for taking notes), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper (not carbon paper), tracing paper (1 or 2 A4 size), an old towel or hand towel, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water, and masking tape. A plastic pipette for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy. Optional: Gum Arabic & Ox Gall if you already have either.

Your tutor will supply the reference material for this workshop, but you are welcome to bring any favourite copyright free images of subjects of your choice. Jan suggests you also have an A4 photocopy of your chosen image to use for transferring.

All materials can be purchased at Shore Studio Art Supplies


Venue Phone: (07) 3286 5360

Venue Website:

3 Shore Street East, Cleveland, Queensland, 4163, Australia


Shore Studio is located at:
3 Shore Street East, Cleveland QLD