My Gouache Palette.
There are two styles of gouache that I have worked with. One has chalk added to make it more opaque. This is really lovely to work with fresh from the tube, but doesn't re-wet well.
The other is really just a very concentrated watercolour - no added chalk. This is the type I am most interested in. As far as I am aware, the brands that created this sort of gouache are M.Graham, Da Vinci and Schmincke. I've ended up using a mixture of these brands in my gouache palette. I am looking for fairly opaque but re-wettable versions since it is a travel and teaching palette. They will all crack a bit if you fill a pan too fast - it needs to be done in many stages - but I find it is also helpful to add a drop or two of glycerine to help them to rewet. They are designed to work with watercolours or alone. I have shown how it looks if no glycerine is
added when filling (always bit by bit) - you can see some cracking in the colours along the left side.
I have previously posted a couple of swatches of gouache when setting up a sketching palette -
M.Graham here and painted out here, Schmincke here the Zorn palette here and a photo of a swatch of my gouache palette here.
I had some old gouache from the 1990s - some with no numbers or pigment information so I've included those too.
I used a 6 colour plus black and white set in the Art Spectrum range to create a whole range of colour charts and wheels here, but the Black and White, Deep Yellow, Ultramarine and Vermilion I used have long since dried up so I haven't included a sample of those.
Here are the various tube sizes - the Da Vinci 37ml tubes are enormous! The others range from 14ml for the W&N, 15ml for the Schmincke Horadam, the M.Graham and the smaller Da Vinci, and 22.5 ml for the Art Spectrum.
|Tubes of gouache vary quite a bit in size, just like watercolour.|
Here are the whites.
Cadmium pigments made a whole lot of sense if you want opaque colours without additives, but they are expensive.
I really love the pigment PR255 as a warm red. It's probably not as opaque as a cadmium scarlet would be but it's gorgeous.
I like the depth of the Schmincke Ultramarine Deep, but these are all nice to paint with.
Phthalo pigments are not opaque. They are good for tinting other colours though.
I don't think the Art Spectrum was a genuine cerulean pigment as it looks like a phthalo blue, but the M.Graham certainly is.
This is a lovely turquoise colour. I don't use it much but it is a little more opaque than the phthalos and can be used to neutralise a warm red, or to mix greens with the yellows.
Phthalo green is usually a transparent pigment.
I really like PBr24 but only have it in my gouache palette. From 2022 it is also available in Daniel Smith gouache.
The Da Vinci Yellow Ochre is just lovely.
Apart from the English Red, these are old Winsor and Newton tubes with no pigment information. They probably pre-date the internet ;-)
The Da Vinci Raw Umber is a lovely deep cool brown.
Schmincke Neutral Grey gouache, like their watercolour, is made from coloured pigments not black or white. I really like that :-). The Winsor & Newton tubes predate pigment information.
I liked the Schmincke best in this range, though I tend to use the grey above.
I use some sparkly colours for calligraphy, not for painting. The Silver and Bronze are very old tubes.