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Old 05-24-2012, 07:40 PM
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Re: Discussion: Gouache BRAND COMPARISON

You can use Da Vinci watercolors without having to thin them with water. They are quite opaque right out of the tube, just don't lay it down too thick, which you shouldn't do with gouache either. Their watercolor range is much more broad with fewer hues or tints.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:35 PM
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Re: Discussion: Gouache BRAND COMPARISON

Seems like this thread could go on forever (and maybe it should, because if I'm wrong and there really is something better, I truly want to know about it, honestly!).

I have but one personal observation. I don't remember the brands (two or three of them) I *was* using but, a professional artist college of mine told me that there was only one gouache, Winsor & Newton. So I bought the six color set, which has served me very well, with the "kid safe" AP mark on it and a little line stating it was "Made in England by Winsor & Newton London HA3 5RH", not China, as someone has said. Let me tell you, it was a Bi*ch to learn to work with. Because I had never seen such intense pigmentation, I ended up using the small end of a small tooth pick to add the darker hues due to the intense pigmentation. Yes, it is expensive, quite so - no doubt about it. Even at discount (Cheap Joe's) it's like $7.00 a 14ml tube but, there really is nothing like it. It is the most pigmented, consistent gouache I have ever laid a brush to. Tube to tube, the results are gorgeous! So yes, if you are a part-time artist, it might be difficult justify the expense but, if you make your living with color, as I do, THIS IS THE ONE. It will dry out quickly in an air conditioned environment but, it takes additional water very well if you keep an eye on it before it starts to get thick. Once it's dry, it's dry and I've yet to have it flake off on me. So to sum it up, W&N gouache is like Prismacolor pencils and markers (again, my personal favorites, maybe just because I know what to expect); quality at a premium price for the person who pays their rent and buys their food with color. I know we all have our favorites and some may disagree but, as I said in the beginning, this is a personal observation from someone who depends on quality and consistency from tube to tube, marker to marker and pencil to pencil. I would honestly like to hear destining opitions, coz I know I don't know it all.

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My biggest gripe about gouache is that so many companies only sell them in small sizes, including Schmincke. If you expect to use alot of paint or make several paintings, prepare to spend more money than necessary.

This is probably an old thread, but I just want to say that you can get Schmincke in 60ml tubes.
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Has anybody tried the Utrecht gouache yet?
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Maggie, I have used gouache for over 35 years as a professional designer and as an artist, Its my all time favourite medium, its so forgiving and its range of use is endless. Over these years I have tried them all, my recommendation to anyone who is serious about gouache, it has to W&N, do not waste your time with any other brand.
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So glad this thread is still active. I"ve been interested in learning more about guoache, there's a British artist, think her name is Wendy Jacobs, saw in work in someone's blog, and really liked it.
Question: Can you make pan palettes out of the tube paints, as you can with watercolor? Meaning, can you rewet the guoache after it has tried in the pans you've made?
The only pan guoache I see online is student grade.
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You can make pans, but the quality of the paint in dried form is different from that of watercolor. Gouache is always re-wettable--in a sense, it never dries. The way the freshly squeezed paint works is different than the dried pan paint. The opacity often depends on it being a little thicker, as it is when fresh, while re-wet paint behaves more like transparent watercolor. I started with Grumbacher pans, but quickly moved on to tubes.
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