Understanding the meaning of the term 'body colour' in gouache

body colour
Body colour is the use of opaque colours for highlights or dense flat areas and is a technique which has been used in water colour for centuries. Designers Gouache was introduced in 1937 and prior to this the only method of achieving opacity was to use white, on its own or to make tints of the water colours. Body colour therefore refers to either tubes of gouache or the finished effect of opacity on a picture whether white or coloured.







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