Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Search for:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > Explore Media > Casein, Gouache, and Egg Tempera
User Name
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 03-06-2018, 02:23 PM
MetinYilmaz MetinYilmaz is offline
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 48
Anyone using gouache from bottles?


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
Reply With Quote
  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 03-07-2018, 06:41 PM
Artist_by_Accident Artist_by_Accident is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 438
Hails from United States
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.
Reply With Quote
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 03-08-2018, 04:21 AM
MetinYilmaz MetinYilmaz is offline
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 48
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.
Reply With Quote
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 03-16-2018, 12:30 PM
dbclemons's Avatar
dbclemons dbclemons is offline
Austin, TX
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 1,800
Hails from United States
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.
David Blaine Clemons
My Website
My Blog
Reply With Quote
  #5   Report Bad Post  
Old 06-11-2018, 03:57 PM
MissMagic's Avatar
MissMagic MissMagic is offline
New Member
Manchester, UK
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 8
Hails from United Kingdom
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?
Reply With Quote
  #6   Report Bad Post  
Old 08-25-2018, 09:35 AM
Misspris Misspris is offline
New Member
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 38
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.
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:05 PM.

© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.