Holbein Acryla Gouache

May 22, 2018 iulia

Holbein Acryla Gouache is a fast-drying, opaque acrylic based watercolor paint. It’s water soluble while wet, and water-resistant, matte and opaque, even over dark surfaces. Holbein offers 107 highly pigmented colors in 20ml & 40ml tubes, drying to a velvet-matte finish and does not shift in colour tone from liquid to dry.

If you are a huge fan of Helen Dardik like I am, you would know she is using Holbein Acryla Gouache. So I knew I had to have them. After some research, I found Spledith which is a Dutch-based company with really nice materials and fair prices. I’ve got the Master Set which includes 11 tubes of 20 ml paint and a 40 ml white paint.

So far they are great, strongly pigmented and the colors are vivid. They are opaque so you can overlay, but keep in mind once they are dry they act like acrylics and you can not reactivate. It dries to a velvety-matte finish.

Painting with Acryla Gouache may be difficult if you are a slow painter because they dry fast, you can get a wet palette if you want to paint at your pace.

Sometimes I find it hard to blend it so I need to work on that a bit more, I also mix them with watercolors. I find it useful to use a toothpick for mixing tones so I will not waste paint.

In the end, I would like to say that they worth the money but you may find it difficult at the beginning so keep practicing!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or thoughts 🙂

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