Gouaches

Gouache, an opaque watercolour, has actually been around for much longer than watercolour. Like it, gouache will not dry waterproof but its colour mass is much more solid looking. We stock 3 ranges of gouache. Holbein’s Acryla gouache, a Japanese company that has been making watercolour for a long time and has many unusual colours in the range and this one, with the addition of acylic, is also quite a different animal. ShiHan gouache is our latest addition from a brand established in Korea in 1967 with the slogan “Passionate Colour, Professional Touch”. These are both good value and very intense.  Sennelier’s artist range, their colours are traditional but its probably one of the rare high quality gouache around and, finally, the fun to play with Schmincke bronze powders with a dry gouache binder that can marry with all of them.

Want to know more about our gouache ranges? Please scroll down…

(PS Products’ descriptions will be followed by BB for Byron Bay or BA for Ballina to indicate availability in those stores. BB alone stands for available only in Byron Bay.)

  • Holbein Acryla Gouache: BB/BA 107 colours in 20ml tubes

Holbein’s Acryla Gouache moves, reacts, blends and feels like traditional gum arabic gouache, however these are water resistant once dry. They dry, like a gouache, to a velvety matte finish and do not shift in tone from liquid to dry… What you see wet is what you get once dry! The acrylic addition means they do not have the same fragile surface as traditional gouache in gum arabic and are compatible with all other water soluble media.

  • ShinHan : BB 72 colours in 15ml tubes

These gouache paints are your traditional matte, opaque watercolor. Although affordable, they are a good quality beginner, student or designer gouache. The range includes both fugitive and lightfast pigments offering a wide spectrum of colour options, so check out your pigments at the back it you want lightfastness.

  • Sennelier : BB/BA 59 colours available in 21ml tubes

This range of colours is manufactured using Sennelier artists’ quality pigments and superior natural gums. The unctuous consistency of these colours enables the creation of regular backgrounds. These gouaches, which contain no vinyl, have exceptional colouring power, giving deep and opaque brush strokes. They are mixable with each other and are highly colourfast (with the exception of a few clearly mentioned tones, necessary for illustration work). Water-soluble, they can be mixed with watercolours and inks to obtain other combinations of opacity and transparency.

  • Schmincke : BB/BA Tro-Col Bronze Pigments Sold in 20ml glass jars

6 brilliant bronzes, copper, silver, aluminium and golds in dry powder for gouache painting. Simply moist your brush a little bit, dip in and sprinkle fairy golds etc. on all your dry paper works. Mixable with all kind of gouache and watercolours.

ALSO USEFUL… watercolour and gouache VARNISH (matt and gloss), BLENDING medium, OX GALL, Watercolour and Gouache BINDER (to make your own with pigments), ARABIC GUM, MASKING fluid, IRIDESCENT medium and more…

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