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Holbein's opaque matte gouache is Japan's foremost designers' color medium. These paints deliver a brilliant, rich matte finish using naturally opaque pigments — no opaquing agents are added. This creates vibrant, exciting color that won't muddy when mixed.
Truly professional grade, this gouache does not darken, bleed, or crack. Use it in dense opaque layers to build surface body, or thin it with water to semi-transparency. Available in a wide range of colors in 15 ml tubes.
Gift Idea — Sets of Holbein Gouache are a great way to sample a selection of these vibrant colors. See Holbein Artists' Gouache Sets for pictures and more detailed specifications of these sets.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Comments about Holbein Artists' Gouache Sets:
These paints are beautiful to use - the colors are so vibrant and a little goes a long way! I had tried some other gouache (Turner) before this and the colors weren't nearly as vibrant as I was anticipating. Holbein is the way to go...they're definitely pricey, but worth it! I'll be gradually trying to add to my collection with more colors - but so glad to have a set to work from right now.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Holbein on my mind
By One Fish Two Fish
from Meadville, PA
I love the creamy fresh nature of the product and the rich opacity of the color bespeaks its strong pigments. I have used this product in the past and it is unsurpassed in terms of its quality.
from charleston sc
The colors are vibrant and beautiful on paper.
Far than expected!
from Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Holbein's premium-quality gouache is indeed one of the top-of-the-top as far as gouache is concerned. I could use it like watercolor. Also great when mixed with acrylics! I particularly love this cyan blue version of cobalt blue. Mixes bright violets and greens.
from Peoria IL
I am using Holbein's gouache in my university art's course on color. This brand was specified by the instructor. The pigment is nicely saturated and mixes/re-mixes well. Good, solid coverage by this opaque watercolor paint. Only have tried one other brand and this does out perform that one.
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color study: Prismatic
Tags: Made with Product
color study: Muted - middle key
from seattle WA
Amazing texture and bold colors, this stuff lasts forever!
Colors are delicious!
from New Brunswick, Canada
Received the product very quickly. The colors are so vibrant! They mix well with each other without getting muddy. Very pleased.
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Beam Me Up Some Gouache
By Mary Does Art
from Manistee, MI
The Holbein gouache is a vibrant, opaque water based pigment. I use is in mono printing and absolutely rely on its integrity. I have used other gouache and have been disappointed in the color value and their resilience as I draw into the print. The product is fantastic and Dick Blick's speedy shipping is like having art supplies beamed up!!
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Obion artist gouache water colors
from Anchorage, Alaska
I have gone from oils to watercolor so to using Holbeins gouache water colors. The colors are fantastic, dries quickly and easy to paint with. I am sold on this paint!!!
from Lynchburg VA
I use these in mixed media work. They are very good paints, but I prefer M Graham most of the time. Holbein has colors that I can't get with M Graham and they are vivid and finely milled. I think the price is a bit high
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