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Gouache is a type of paint that is similar to watercolor but with a higher concentration of pigment and a heavier, more opaque consistency. The paint is made by mixing pigments with a binder of gum arabic and a white filler such as chalk. Gouache is often used for painting illustrations, cartoons, and other forms of commercial art, as well as for fine art painting. The medium is valued for its versatility, its ability to create bright and bold colors, and its ability to be used on a variety of surfaces, including paper, cardboard, and canvas.