View Full Version : Acrylic gouache?

Ian Bruce
09-08-2006, 09:51 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about acrylic gouache? I am primarily a water colorist, at the moment, but would like to experiment with a combination of transparent water color and gouache. Turner and Holbein offer a acrylic gouache that is said to have all the characteristics of gouache, except that when it dries it is no longer easily re-wettable. Apparently, traditional gouache will sometimes pick up some color from previous layers of paint and become muddy. I thought the acrylic experts in this forum would be the people to ask. Any information would be much appreciated!

09-09-2006, 12:57 AM
Can anyone tell me anything about acrylic gouache?
Hi Ian, acrylic gouache is basically a marketing term for a type of acrylics (or vinyl paints) that dry to a very matt finish; they tend to be fairly opaque to very opaque. Some are slightly rewettable, but most aren't.

I can't remember off the top of my head about the specifics of the Turner and Holbein ones but even if they are slightly liftable it won't be nearly as pronounced as it can be in true gouache. The problems with colour bleeding through from layers underneath should be minimal or completely absent in the acrylic variety.

In the US the Jo Sonja artists' acrylics (you might have seen them, the ones in the beige plastic tubes?) used to be called acrylic gouache and they're probably the most widely available paint of this rough type. They are quite good, not expensive and very waterproof when dry if that's something you specifically want.

Some prior threads on related topics if you'd like a look:


09-09-2006, 10:25 AM
I have heard the same about Sonja Jo. It's suppose to be a pretty good paint.

Ian Bruce
09-10-2006, 12:41 AM
Thanks for your help. I have just discovered the existence an Alternative Water media forum that covers gouche, so I will talk to them too.

06-03-2008, 03:04 PM
Vallejo Acrylic Gouache is much smoother, with more handling possibilities, and great intense chroma than Holbein's Acryla Gouache or Flashe. When dried the texture is very nice, too. Not quite like real Gouache, but very pleasing all the same.