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Gouache

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Colin_Fraser, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Colin_Fraser A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    I have an interest in trying Jo Sonja's but that are not readily available in Canada. Has anyone tried Windsor Newton gouache paints. They are pricey and I would not want to waste a lot on them if they are not suitable.

    Thanks

    Colin
  2. Sturm Grenadier Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello Colin, An excellent supplier in the States for Jo Sonja's paint is at: www.cheapjoes.com There prices are very reasonable, fast service, and they double wrap all the products sent to you. They have everything you could possibly want or need in art supplies. Highly recommend. Regards, SG(y)
  3. Colin_Fraser A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks SG, I can get them from DeSerres in Canada too but I prefer to buy in store. I was wondering if Jo Sonja is in some way special or if WN gouache has the same properties. I don't like ordering from US suppliers unless I have to due to postage and duties.

    Cheers

    Colin
  4. Mark S Guest

    I can't help you with any info on the W&N gouache, Colin, but I've just tried the W&N water soluble Oils and I'm hooked...love ,em. No more stinky spirits and you can switch between acrylics and oils so easily, same brushes and all!!.....same water, so much easier.
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  5. Soldaten6 Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Colin,

    I haven't tried the W&N gouache but, in reading about them, it appears they are what you might characterize as 'normal' gouache bound only by gum arabic. This would make them act like water colors and reactivate when re-wet or over-painted with other water-based media. The JS paints are acrylics and are water-proof once dried like other acrylics. I think JS has dropped the term gouache from the brand and now call them Jo Sonja Acrylic Artists' Colours. There are other brands of acrylic gouache. I have tried Holbien's but found them to be less water proof then the JS paints as I saw some lifting when they got wet again. I limit their use to mixing them with the JS acrylics.

    HTH

    Bob
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  6. Tonton Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I’ve used gouache for most of my professional life (in graphics) and am a big fan as they’re easy to blend and re-work. Most of them are produced from finely-ground pigment which flows and airbrushes well and doesn’t normally clog. Even if an airbrush does clog it’s dead easy to remove the crud as gouache is water-soluble. The big ‘but’ is that some of the colours may be what’s known as ‘fugitive’, i.e. they aren’t guaranteed not to fade, over time. Additionally, if applied too thickly, the paint my well crack or peel. I suppose any finish could be protected with a coat of varnish, matt, satin or gloss as the case may be, but I still doubt it would be as stable as acrylic or oil, long-term.

    Having said that, I’ve never used gouache on a figure and would like to know how you get on, Colin, if you go down that route.

    Jeff
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  7. Colin_Fraser A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks gents - that's what I was looking for - the diffs between JS and "normal" gouache. I will still to using them on paper for the moment. And I may have to do the mail order thing.

    Colin

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