View Full Version : Saving and reusing dried Gouache

10-10-2006, 06:20 PM
I noticed that the gouache dries out very quickly, and is flaky when it does. I found some small craft paint containers, and I put the chips of gouache that have dried in seperate containers, by color.

When I need the same color, I found that you can either just use the small flakes, or grind the flakes and pieces in a small mortar and pestel (just don't reuse it for pesto), then rewet it and it is beautiful.

The little containers are also great for saving the paint in wet form longer.


Richard Saylor
10-11-2006, 01:18 AM
Great idea, Linda. Dried gouache which has been rehydrated is just as good as the stuff straight out of the tube.


10-11-2006, 09:58 AM
Linda, I'm just thinking out loud here.....If you put the chips into the container and add a few drops of water, will it get nice and moist and stay that way? I have such a tough time getting it to rehydrate well enough on the palette to form a good working consistency.


10-11-2006, 04:35 PM
no- sorry, these are little containers- I have a couple that I mixed up mixes of about 1 T or so and they are starting to dry out after a week- so you would have to re-moisten when you need them.

For watercolors, I put an entire tube of each into a big plastic rectangle palette with a top- one tube in each square. They dry out too, but re-wet well like half-pans do. This way it never has to be dumped down the sink.

With the gouache, it seems they dry and crack up, so the palette will not work as well I don't think. That is why I tried the containers. Too beautiful to
dump out when you are finished.

Alachua Artist
10-12-2006, 09:21 AM
personally I like the Pesto idea - take sap green gouache, add a little garlic... :lol:

10-13-2006, 08:02 PM
Wendy that is TOO funny- i like to make 'texas pesto' I use garlic, cilantro, and pecans!!!