Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Marsh Landscape, Experimenting with Gouache on Black, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
Gouache Marsh, approx. 5x5, Turner Acryl Gouache on black paper
In between my larger landscapes, which are taking longer and longer as I work larger and pursue a surface texture and paint surface that needs to be carefully built up over time, I find myself enjoying working in other watermedia and experimenting in my sketchbooks.

With my last order from I received a sample set of Turner Acryl Gouache. (that's pronounced like squash, but with a hard "g" in the beginning).

I'm trying to figure out what exactly these acryl-gouache are. Traditional gouache is made with gum arabic just like watercolors. These apparently are made with acrylic polymer just like an acrylic except that they dry without any gloss, they have the characteristic matte finish gouache is known for. A little less in this small pochade because I received the three primaries and I had to use regular acrylic white for mixing. So this leaves me wondering if this is truly gouache or if it's just another incarnation of the many brands of matte acrylics available.

I've also been trying to find out if these must go under glass like traditional gouache, which has a more fragile paint surface when dry and can crack. I've done a bit of research and it seems that these acryl-gouache are water resistant when dry and maintain a flexible paint surface. If that's true I would really like that because I'm likely to use them on Canson board or another rigid panel and give them a final coat of acrylic matte varnish and pop them into a frame.

So, I hope by now you know what's coming next. ( think about yesterday's marker & pen confession) A purchase of course. LOL The big decision will be whether I stick with the Turner brand or go with an other.

I'll have to do a little more research before coming to a final decision. If any of you out there have experience with the new acrylic gouaches I'd love to hear about it. Leave a comment below and we'll chat about it.


Suzanne McLean said...

Sorry, Jan, I have no experience with acrylic gouaches, but I love the nice bright colours they produce.

Jamie said...

Jan, "Acryl Gouache" is acrylic paint with a matte finish. It is not gouache. Gouache has a watersoluble binder like watercolor, but with a larger pigment particle size that makes it opaque. "Acryl" gouache contains an acrylic binder, and therefore is acrylic paint. I hope this resolves some of the confusion with a product that is really a misnomer.