Trying to paint fur in gouache


I am very attracted to using gouache as I enjoy the richness and depth it gives my work. But I am finding this little artwork challenging to get the fur in realistically. I have gone to my smallest rigger brush but it doesn’t seem to hold the colour for the brush length stroke. My bigger brushes flow on better but the strokes are too thick. Any ideas?


Julie Toffolo is an Australian born artist and lives in Melbourne Victoria. Her art is in private collections around Australia.

She has two teenage boys, works part time as an Education Art Assistant at a Secondary Girls School and paints on her days off in her leafy Eltham Studio.

Julie works in illustration in a nostalgic vintage style and loves to paint from the nature around her bushy local environment and wherever she can find any form of nature on her travels. She is captivated by how the light flickers and dances when working from still life or outdoors.

Having studied traditional painting methods under Jenni Mitchell and Mervynn Hannan from Eltham South Fine Art Studios and Gallery has taught Julie many elements of drawing, composition, colour, painting, trying new materials, beautifying the simple things around us.

Julie has been a member of local artist co ops and exhibits throughout the year.

You can follow Julie on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to watch and support her art practise.


  1. Hi Julie nice to find a fellow Melburnian artist. I used gouache for the first time a little while ago and found it interesting to layer up to get the effect I wanted. I’m not sure about any ‘proper’ technique but it seems to be forgiving in working up which might work well for fur (I was painting fabric)

    1. Hi Chas and thanks to hear from you. Yes layering seems to work best for fur. I wiil keep trying as I luv gouache. Happy creating.

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