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Old 04-09-2010, 07:01 PM
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M. Graham Gouache

I have a specific question about M. Graham gouache. I know they use honey in their gouache formulation. I use their watercolor line and the honey in the watercolor formulation prevents the paint from drying rock hard on the palette like other brands, but the paint stays semi-moist on the palette, which is a joy.

Do the gouache paints also stay semi-moist, or do they dry up hard?

I am mainly work in watercolor these days, focusing on figure painting, but have a hard time with landscapes in watercolor. I bought some watersoluble oil paints to try landscape painting with, and while I was a bit more successful, I didn't particularly like working with the paints. Thinking gouache might be something to try since I enjoy watercolors.

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Old 04-10-2010, 04:16 AM
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Re: M. Graham Gouache

I know from experience that Graham gouache will dry up hard. It, and I guess all of the others, from my reading, are best used fresh out of the tube. The dry can be reconstituted to some degree, but doesn't cover as well, though can be used for underlayers. This is what I have read elsewhere in this forum.

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Old 04-21-2010, 11:46 PM
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Re: M. Graham Gouache

I use mostly the Graham white to mix up pan-like tints with watercolors (lots of brands, very few Grahams) and these mixes definitely stay easily rewettable over many weeks and months, even if hard. They certainly don't crack and chip off like the mixes I've made with other gouaches, and I choose Graham expressly for that reason. But then I live in rainy coastal Oregon, and like to use my gouaches semi-transparent, mostly…

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Old 04-22-2010, 11:29 AM
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Re: M. Graham Gouache

Thanks dpc! I was hoping that either they wouldn't dry out, or that as you say, can be rewetted easily.

I find M. Graham watercolors either firm up but stay sticky, or dry but are so easily wetted, I guess because of the honey. It seems to depend on the pigment- the Phthlos and Quinacridones stay sticky, while the inorganics like Ultramarine and Prussian blue do dry over time in the well of a palette.

I ordered a few tubes of M. Graham gouache last night so can't wait to get them! I also got one tube of Schminke (had a coupon at a local Dick Blick store) and got two tubes of Winsor Newton to compare.

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Re: M. Graham Gouache

The information I find online indicates that M Graham treats their gouache mores seriously than most other brands. For instance, their earth tones seem to be the real thing, rather than mixes as in the other brands.

My question is: do they handle as nicely as, say, Winsor & Newton gouache? I generally like the ability of gouache to produce very fine lines etc.
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:58 PM
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Re: M. Graham Gouache

I've used M. Graham gouache for about two years now and I find you can achieve very fine lines with no problem. I have a few W&N gouache to compare and they seem to work in tandem very, very well. I have the entire line of M. Graham colors and the earth tones are wonderful--rich and pigmented.
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