Holbein Acryla Gouache

Acryla gouache is something I've dabbled in before, but today I'm putting it to the test! I've really been liking this set that I was given over the holidays, and I'd love to try out more colors. 

 Holbein Acryla Gouache 

Holbein Acryla Gouache 

Acryla gouache is not like regular watercolor - it's actually acrylic paint. The paint behaves like watercolor when wet, but dries down to opaque, matte, permanent color just like acrylics. It works on a ton of different surfaces and even remains opaque on dark surfaces. 

 It's a bit less fluid than watercolors, making them a good choice for someone who doesn't like the unpredictability of watercolor paint, but still wants the watercolor look. 

Unlike watercolor, once the color is dry you cannot lift it off the paper by rewetting it, which I really like, because this prevents colors in different layers from getting muddy. You can easily add shadows and highlights without lifting the color underneath and making a mess. 

One drawback I noticed is that although it claims to be compatible with all wet media, I found that if I layered watercolor over the acryla gouache, the gouache would start to pill and peel off of the paper, especially with the titanium white color. So, I'm a little hesitant to pair it with other wet media.

Overall, I think these paints are excellent! If you're new to watercolor or if you've been frustrated by the fluidity of watercolor in the past, definitely give acryla gouache a chance. At about $30 per set, you can't really go wrong. 

Have you tried them before? Let me know what you think in the comments!