I decided to try some watercolor painting after, well, decades! Someone had given me these Winsor & Newton gouache paints and I figured that they would be partially dried or lumpy, but they were just fine.
These were given to me about 10 years ago by someone who took an art class and then was finished with them. When I got the urge to paint this summer I pulled them out. Much to my surprise, they were fine. In fact they were just like new.
Gouache is an opaque watercolor, and is often combined with regular watercolors for various effects. I discovered that I had the following colors: Ivory Black, Permanent White, Primary Red, Primary Yellow, Primary Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre. I was easily able to mix the range of colors that I wanted, indicating that the primary colors are indeed pure primaries.
I liked the way that the paints flowed, and how easily they blended together. The texture is creamy and they don’t dry out on the pallette too quickly unless you spread it thinly.
They did well with drybrush technique, and also were soluble enough to wet and lift off the paper.
After doing some background effects, I wanted to add some white detail over the top, and the white paint is indeed opaque. I successfully added white flowers over black and gray rocks in the background. (Small details were added later with markers)
I have since gone to the store to get some more white, and a shade of brown that was closer to what I knew I would need quite a bit of. I was not able to get the same brand, but I found on line that Winsor & Newton gouache paint is still available. Indeed, it comes in 84 colors. The brand that I could buy cost $10 for each 14 ml tube, so I expect that is about what these would cost. These were marked at $6.90 each, but they were originally purchased a long time ago.
I am very happy with this brand of gouache.