winsor newton gouache

Gouache is both a technique and a product. The technique, dating back to before the renaissance, refers to the use of white to achieve opacity in water based colors.

Opaque techniques were popularized by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in their use of pastel,lithography and wood cuts.

Gouache, the product, was a result of this interest in both opaque and water based products. Designers Opaque Water Color was developed  in the 1930's.

Gouache paint applies a very flat matte painted surface as opposed to acrylics which has a shiny plastic looking finish.

Gouache do not permanently dry . If they get wet they will run again. Acrylics will permanently dry. Gouache is used mainly by students, designers and illustrators because of this flat matte finish.


  • Winsor Newton Gouache
    Winsor Newton Gouache
    Opaque watercolors used by designers , artists, architects, airbrush, and calligraphy. 4 ml tubes, Blacks and Whites available in 37ml tube, Gold and Silver available in 30ml tubes.
  • Holbein Acryla Gouache
    Holbein Acryla Gouache
    Made with a pure water-soluble acryl resin, Acryla Gouache is brilliant, lightfast and permanent, and moves, reacts, blends and feels like traditional gouache. However, unlike a traditional gouache which is made with a gum Arabic binder, it does not have a fragile paint film, is compatible with any water-soluble media and waterproof when dry.