Gouache: Turner Acryl Gouache (review)

Back during the glorious couple of years when the Australian dollar was strong against the American dollar, I used to buy art supplies from US stores every now and then, as even with shipping, it often worked out cheaper than if I bought the same items here (if they were available here at all). One of my orders came with a sample triad of Turner Acryl Gouache.

Turner Gouache Tubes
I found these again the other day while digging through my cupboard, and though I’ve never really done much with gouache, I thought I’d see what they were like.

Turner Gouache Colour Chart Wheel
Gouache is almost like a cross between watercolour and acrylic, with the thinness and rewettability of the former and the opacity of the latter. It also has more of a matte finish than acrylics, which usually have at least some gloss. The Turner gouache shares these attributes, and the three colours I was given are vivid and well balanced, allowing for most colours I need to be mixed (a white would have been useful but they were free so I can’t complain haha). They can be thinned down to a pale, watercolour-esque wash with a lot of water, while using just a little water will give you a nice, mostly opaque inky wash. Different brands of gouache vary in how well they can be rewetted or reactivated. The Turner gouache can be reactivated if it was a thin wash allowed to dry in the palette, but I found that if I had thicker blobs that had been allowed to dry, I was better off scraping it off my palette and putting out some fresh paint.

I painted a few flowers to give these paints a test drive. Though at this stage I’m relatively new to gouache, I don’t have any complaints about the Turner Acryl Gouache, so if you’re looking to buy some gouache, this Japanese brand is worth looking into.

Turner Gouache Painting Flowers

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