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Opaque Watersoluble Paint

Gouache paint is considered an opaque watercolour.  Gouache has a velvety smooth, matte finish. It can be used in conjunction with other water-based media such as acrylic, transparent watercolor, ink, and markers, as well as the dry media of pastels and color pencil. Gouache is different than acrylics in that it allows the blending of already dried colors by reworking it with a soft, damp brush.


Gouache has quick coverage and lends itself to more direct painting techniques than watercolor. It is commonly used by commercial artists for works such as posters, illustrations, comics, and for other design work.

Holbein Designer Gouache

Designers' Gouache

Artist Quality | Since 1933 | Made in Japan

Holbein Designers' Gouache is available in 89 brilliant opaque colors and is made from the finest pigments selected for high density, saturation and light-fastness. Holbein adds no opaquing agents to their gouache colors.

Some Red and Purples are dye based and not lightfast


Acryla Gouache

ACRYLA Gouache

Artist Quality | Since 1933 | Made in Japan

Holbein Acryla Gouache moves, reacts, blends and feels like traditional gum arabic gouache. Holbein Acryla Gouache is water resistance 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 in gum arabic and is compatible with all other water soluble media regardless of origin. 

Many colours are dye based and are not lightfast.


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