Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache Review

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I am totally new to gouache, so I am not going to compare this set to other brands, but I am sharing my experience as someone starting out with this medium. If you haven’t tried gouache before and think you might like to try it, keep reading for my initial review.

I’ve been using the Winsor and Newton Designers Gouache* set. They’re a range of opaque watercolours for designers and illustrators. The starter set includes ten 14ml tubes of Primary Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep, Spectrum Red, Primary Red, Ultramarine, Primary Blue, Permanent Green Middle, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, and Zinc White.

Price-wise, Designers Gouache is in the middle, branding from £5-£30 a tube. I’ve heard they are a good option for someone who wants high quality paints but don’t have access to the higher-end brands like Holbein, M Graham, or Schmincke.

I haven’t used gouache from any other brand so I can’t make a direct comparison, but from my general experience with paints I would say that the pigments are fantastic and the consistency is so smooth. They’re also super opaque, even the yellow is opaque enough to be painted over black. I’m looking forward to trying some more brands so I can make a better comparison!

Something I have noticed is that gouache is quite sticky and hard to remove from brushes, so perhaps don’t use your best brush for this.

I know watercolour and gouache are considered similar, but they are not the same! Using them was actually a really different experience to using my watercolour, but it was fun and I’m looking forward to learning more.

Much love,

Hannah ✨

Hannah Rose Shaw