The Art Of Gouache


Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels makes its approach again to Hong Kong (its third instalment) and I used to be invited to attend one of many many courses held throughout its period. It’s my second time in HK for L’Ecole, which by the best way, is an precise faculty of jewelry arts that’s based mostly in Paris, France.

So why does L’Ecole really feel the necessity to come all the best way to Hong Kong and maintain programs? Well, it’s all about appreciating the savoir-faire that goes into the creation of excessive jewelry, the place common Joes such as you and me can join quick crash programs and turn out to be ‘enlightened amateurs’, as their official website describes.

From programs as various because the early phases that go from design to mockup, to the extra superior artwork of Japanese lacquer, my allotted course was all about gouache, which isn’t to be mistaken for ganache (which is a glaze created from chocolate or cream). Instead, gouache is all in regards to the intricate artwork of portray excessive jewelry on paper earlier than it’s offered to the jewelry craftsmen. A wonderful artwork that requires years of intense coaching, we learnt how painstaking it’s to use each brush and stroke with the best of paintbrushes, to create that just about 3D impact by utilizing the paint to create the shine, and the shadows. All by hand.


So what else did I find out about this artwork at present? In order to attain that lifelike realness, items are painted with the sunshine ranging from the highest left of the piece earlier than it ends on the underside proper, with all the mandatory shading performed following this imaginary ‘trail of light’. Grey paper is all the time used, as a result of it’s extra steady and unlikely to discolour over a few years. Diamonds could possibly be painted white or blue-grey relying on the jewelry home as a result of every home can have their very own assigned hue. All drawings are painted on a scale of 1:1, so the gemologist and the jewelry crafters know the precise dimensions of the items simply by trying on the paper.


In three hours I haven’t turn out to be the achieved artist that I hope to be, and I realised I’d most likely by no means have the endurance to turn out to be stellar at gouache, however I left the category at present with a newfound respect and understanding for the necessity to protect such crafts for future generations, which is precisely what L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels hopes to attain by holding such programs for most of the people.

Images: Van Cleef & Arpels

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