There Is Always Something New

One of the most exciting — and sometimes frustrating — facts about art is that there’s always something new to discover — a new technique, a new medium, a new style. The excitement comes from making new discoveries. The frustration happens because it’s impossible to try everything!

If you’ve been reading along for a while, you know that I signed up for the Paletteful Pack subscription box recently. I am enjoying the subscription because the art goodies I receive each month are, as often as not, something new, something I’ve never tried before, and something I most likely would never have purchased for myself.

Case in point, this month’s set of acrylic gouache. Uh, how’s that again? Gouache… and acrylic? I never expected to find those two words going together, so I was quite surprised when I opened my subscription box and found a lovely collection of Holbein Acrylic Gouache. It contains five colors: blue, yellow, red, black, and white. That’s really all the colors needed.

Let me point out here that if anyone is wondering about the value of a subscription box… well, the Paletteful Packs have definitely proved to be worth the cost. This set retails from about $21.00 to $29.00 depending upon where you purchase it.

In addition to the acrylic gouache, this month’s box also includes other goodies: a brush, a kneaded eraser, watercolor board, a drawing pencil, and a small palette. It’s all worth at least $40.00. My total payment for the subscription box plus shipping is only $29.00. So, yes, I’m happy with Paletteful Packs.

But, what to do with acrylic gouache? As a general rule, I don’t like acrylics, but why not just play around and have a little fun?

Here’s the quick gouache sketch I made.

Certainly a very simple scene. I painted this quickly — with a little help from our cat, Flower Child, who is fascinated by paintbrushes. She was right there on top of my drawing easel, offering her artistic assistance.

I had no idea what I was doing, so I just played around with getting different blue hues for the sky by mixing in a bit of white. I mixed blues and yellows to create different greens, and added a touch of black to create the distant tree line.

Paletteful Packs also provides a link to a video tutorial about using their “Acryla” gouche.  You’ll find it here if you’d like to learn more and see how a “real artist” uses it. This Could Change Your Gouache Game.

If you’re curious, here’s the little “blurb” from the pack:

Acryla Gouache brings the best of gouache and acrylic paint together. It moves, reacts, blends, and feels like traditional gouache, however, Holbein Acryla Gouache is water resistant once dry. Drying to a velvet matte finish; Holbein Acryla Gouache does not shift in color tone from liquid to dry color. What you see wet is what you get once dry. Holbein Acryla Gouache does not have the same fragile surface as traditional gouache and is compatible with all other water-soluble media. The medium is very popular with professional illustrators.

From using it today, I can attest to it keeping its bright, bold colors as it dries. I know I’m definitely going to have a lot of fun with this new medium. I’m especially looking forward to using it for a few abstract gouache paintings.

Have you heard of acrylic gouache before? Have you ever used it? It was completely new to me, and a medium that I would probably not have considered for myself since I’ve never done well with acrylics. But acrylic gouache is completely different, and it really is very enjoyable. If you haven’t tried it, I will definitely recommend picking up a few tubes and playing with it.



    1. It was fun to just play with the colors. The set has tubes, so I squeezed a little of each out onto a palette with wells, then I could add water, blend colors, and try different things. The set sells at Amazon for $29.00, but art supply stores have the 5 tubes for around $21.00.

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  1. Acrylic gouache in a basic mixing set of colors can be great for making a matte under painting for water based gouache. I haven’t tried acrylic gouache yet, so I struggle when my second gouache layer reactivates what is beneath it.

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    1. I really like the “Acryla” set — which is surprising since I’ve never liked working with acrylics before. I’m not sure if you can buy individual tubes or if you can only purchase the “Acryla” in sets. It’s is really fun to play with, and I’m sure there are many uses for it.


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