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Old 03-06-2018, 01:23 PM
MetinYilmaz MetinYilmaz is offline
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Anyone using gouache from bottles?

Hi,

I just started gouache and since they have the best price/quality ratio in available brands here, I chose Talens extra fine series as my paint. However, they aren't available in tubes in my market. So I bought the bottles.

But I'm having hard time getting paint from the bottle to the palette. I tried painting knives, even shirt collar holders (little plastic inside the collar) as tools. But everytime considerable amout of paint is wasted in two ways: While cleaning the tool and on the palette, because the paint is placed with a spreading move instead of squeezing from a tube, which promotes more drying.

So I wonder if there is a solution to this.

Thank you
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:41 PM
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Re: Anyone using gouache from bottles?

What about transferring to small plastic squeeze bottles that you can seal tightly? Or maybe those brown glass bottles with the eye dropper lid? You could use anything that you can't get out of the original bottle to paint with. I don't know where you are or what's available to you though.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:21 AM
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Re: Anyone using gouache from bottles?

Plastic squeeze bottles are really good idea, thank you. I'm in Istanbul. Actually we can find anything here except the Talens in tubes Company rep. said that schools here preferred the bottles for color theory lessons, so importer only orders the bottles from them.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:30 AM
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Re: Anyone using gouache from bottles?

Can you get empty tubes? Many art stores carry them. I prefer tubes to bottles since they have better caps with smaller openings so less air gets in.
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Re: Anyone using gouache from bottles?

Do you mean the 50ml jars with the screw tops or do they come in a bigger size I haven't seen? I thought only Caran d'Ache did actual bottles.
I have a few of the Talens jars and haven't experienced any problems transferring paint from them using either small palette knives or even a clean brush. I've even filled some half pans to leave to dry so it can be portable. You could try a spoon?
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:35 AM
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Re: Anyone using gouache from bottles?

Iíve had to transfer gouache from a jar onto my palette, and I also prefer tubes, because I feel no matter what a little paint will be wasted. The good thing about gouache though, is that even if it dries on your palette you can still rewet it with water and use it. But I understand what you mean with a palette knife you smear it onto the palette and it dries quicker. What I do is use two of my smallest palette knifes I have. I use one to scoop paint from the jar, then I use the edge of the other knife to scrape the paint thatís on the palette knife onto the palette so I end up with little blobs of paint on my palette instead of thin smears. I then usually scrape the palette knife onto the jar so if any remaining paint is left on the knife it ends up back in the jar, that said always a little paint is wasted when you clean off the knife , though it is minimal. I sometimes even use a toothpick to scrape the paint off the knife, the small diameter of it means less paint is transferred onto it, and it still scrapes well. I paint small and not in heavy layers though, so donít use tons of paint. If you paint with more paint using the two palette knives is probably your best option. I know this topic is already past, and youíve probably got it figured out by now, but for others with this delema I hope this helps.
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