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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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from Peoria IL
Comments about Holbein Artists' Gouache:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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color study: Prismatic
Tags: Made with Product
color study: Muted - middle key
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from seattle WA
Comments about Holbein Artists' Gouache Sets:
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.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
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
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I bought this for my art class
By The College Student
from Kennesaw, GA
So I had to get these for my art class in the beginning of the semester. Did not do that. I bought similar,cheaper paints from some other brand and they were TERRIBLE. Ruined my painting. So I decided to follow the rules and get the right brand. Unfortunately once they arrived we no longer needed these paints for my class, and I haven't had a chance to paint something big with them. So I can't say personally that they're good, but seeing how everyone else in the class that used these paints had a nice even paint application with vibrant colors, they probably are. If you need CMYK paints, these are a good choice.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
not my choice
from Oneonta, New York
Pigment seems thin; not your velvety rich pigmented gouache from the best by Windsor and Newton Designers Gouache. I bought this due to good reviews and I'm disappointed. I like a good hiding power with my paints and this is more like a heavy watercolor that you need to add white pigment to all colors if you want any power to perform.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your candid assessment. It's surprising to hear the pigment in these colors described as thin, and makes us wonder if there may have been some separation in the set you received. We'd love to talk to you about this to determine how we can help. Please call us at 1-800-933-2542 (weekdays 8am-5:30pm CST) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
alittle goes alllllloooonnnnnnggggg waaayy
from Alvin texas
little goes a long way, super vibrant colors
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I love these paints
By Still painting
from North Hartland, VT
I love painting with goauche and these paints were lovely colors, dense, smooth, easy to use with as little or as much water as I chose. And they covered mistakes well. Very beautiful.
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