A short while ago on Facebook I let a hint drop that something very fun was going to be happening in May concerning gouache!
Well it happened May 4, 2016. The new Schmincke Horadam Custom Gouache Set arrived at Wet Paint in St. Paul, MN.
Earlier this year Wet Paint's manager Darin Rinne asked me if I would like to select a new custom set of this paint. Of course!
Sets always come in at a great price and that means more people can try gouache, fall in love with gouache, and make gouache so popular that Wet Paint will stock it forever! (That's my goal because I like driving over to Wet Paint and buying a tube whenever I need one!)
I selected colors for this set that would be useful for color theory and for artists interested in using a palette of warm and cool primaries. Not only will these colors get you started but you'll be able to grow in your understanding of gouache with them. (And who doesn't want to do that? Come on, it's the most fun paint ever!)
Once the details of the set were worked out with Schmincke (this is an exclusive set for Wet Paint), I still wasn't allowed to say anything as the arrival date wasn't known yet.
Imagine my excitement when I learned they had come in.
What's so great about Schmincke Horadam Gouache? Well it is smooth and luscious and easy to work with. It is packed with pigment and doesn't contain opacifiers. You can paint light washes with this paint or layer it on. It doesn't crack like some other brands. And Schmincke's colors are rich when mixed, not cloudy. It also has no unpleasant or harsh odor!
Even more exciting, you can put it in your own pans and rewet it when you take it out into the field (I talk about putting it in pans in the short video, but the video also tells you how you'll get more information about this paint when you buy the set).
The other great thing about the set is the price: $129.99 (the MSRP is $268.75).
So which colors come in the box?
Purple Magenta, Scarlet Red, Vermillion Tone, Indian Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Helio Turquoise, Helio Blue, Delft Blue (which is PB60 if you're wondering), Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White.
I cannot say enough good stuff about this paint. It's the best gouache I have ever used (and I've used every gouache I could get my hands on my whole life).
I think that every day I get to paint with this paint is a great day, so naturally I try to paint with it every day. Sure, like any new medium you have to learn its quirks, but when you do, well it's probably the most forgiving paint there is. I was writing about just that very thing yesterday on the blog, not knowing what a great day it would be today!
If you have ever taken a class from me, or if you read this blog regularly, you'll know that "Fun Factor" is huge for me. I like to experiment and push myself, but I also like to have fun in the process and this paint allows me to do just that.
There hasn't been a better time to try gouache.
Right now at Wet Paint there are 200 sets of Schmincke Horadam Gouache waiting to go out into the world. Watch the video to learn about the secret surprise. Then decide if it's time to start having fun with gouache!