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Arteza review – Gouache Premium Artist Paint

By 7 November , 2019 November 11th, 2019 No Comments

Artwork by Miriam Bos – copyright

Arteza art supply review:

The kind people of Arteza sent me some of their art supplies to write an honest review. I received their set of 60 Gouache Premium Artist Paint, and also a set of Detail paint brushes to try out.

The paint set:

When opening the box of paints, I was really excited to see all these beautiful colors.
The box itself was divided into 10 smaller trays, each of them containing 6 tubes per tray.

Of course, I couldn’t wait to give them a try and started experimenting with them as soon as I had time. So, long story short(er): Here is my review.
Please keep in mind this is just a personal opinion and nothing is written in stone.

Pros

Out of the box, the paints flow very nicely and it’s pleasant working with them. It noticed that it was also possible to use them in a more ‘watercolory’ way as well. (I like to mix and match the more opaque technique with a watercolor technique whenever I can).
The paints don’t appear too streaky after applying, though they sometimes take a couple of layers for a nice equal coverage.

Regarding the colors:

The paints are vibrant enough and seem to have a fair amount of pigment for their price range.
The range of colors is nice too, and I really appreciate their olive green which is a color I love to use but don’t always like from a tube. It’s a really nice warm color to have, though I’m missing a nice turquoise in this set and maybe some softer hues of blue. Of course, you can always mix your colors, but some colors are simply stronger right out of the tube.

Paint tubes:

The Arteza tubes are 12 ml which is slightly less compared to the 14ml tubes of W&N, or the 15ml tubes of Holbein. But all in all, I think the price seems fair for what you get.

List of colors:

(For a list of the metallic/pearls, please read on).

  • Mid yellow
  • Yellow ochre
  • Bumblebee yellow
  • Lemon yellow
  • Lime green
  • Sage green
  • Light apricot (a more yellowish flesh tint)
  • Orange red
  • Vermilion
  • Burnt sienna
  • Crimson red
  • Saffron orange (beautiful warm color)
  • Peach ( a more pinkish flesh tint)
  • Peach red
  • Blush pink
  • Rose
  • Scarlet red
  • Orange
  • Olive green (loving this color!)
  • Pale green
  • Sap green
  • Viridian green
  • Seaweed
  • Deep green (nice and dark)
  • Mauve (interesting color to work with)
  • Wine berry (hue of purple)
  • Lilac
  • Sky blue
  • Taupe
  • Ballerina pink
  • Cerulean blue
  • Violet
  • Aegean blue
  • Noir
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Prussian blue
  • Tan
  • Burnt umber
  • Bordeaux red
  • Gray
  • Stone blue
  • Ice blue (very pale gray)
  • Titanium white
  • White
  • Pale yellow (more like light beige)
  • Toffee
  • Naples yellow
  • Latte brown

Cons

Sometimes a little grainy:

A couple of colors from the set, like the oranges and yellows, are not as bright as I would’ve expected them to be. Some of the colors I tried dried up slightly grainy and needed a few more layers before reaching a certain vibrancy. For example, the color ‘vermillion red’ had a tendency to dry up a little too matte which took away some of its definition.
I painted a small flower with Arteza paints and one with W&N gouache to show you what I mean. Especially with the green leaves, you see that Arteza seems a bit grainy and doesn’t cover as much as the W&N do. But it’s a minor detail. Overall, I like the Arteza paint.

A couple of colors from the set, like the oranges and yellows, are not as bright as I would’ve expected them to be. Some of the colors I tried dried up slightly grainy and needed a few more layers before reaching a certain vibrancy. For example, the color ‘vermillion red’ had a tendency to dry up a little too matte which takes away some of its definition.

Opaqueness

When I’m using other brands like Winsor & Newton, or Holbein, I’m used to a decent paint coverage when working with a light color on top of a darker color. Both of these brands are known for their high amount of pigments which explains their pricing and, of course, abilities.
When applying the Arteza gouache onto a darker color, these underlying colors will simply not be covered properly, so that’s something to take into account when working with them.
Here is another comparison.

Pearls and metallics:

In general, I guess these are nice paints for embellishing artwork, but personally, I’ve never been a fan of using metallic or pearly paints in my own work.
First of all, because they don’t scan well (I produce artwork for surface design and deliver it digitally so all those glossy details get messy or lost), and second because they don’t always play along nicely with other paints. When I started trying out the Arteza paints, their presence actually surprised me a bit. That was because I didn’t know they were part of the set, and inside the package, they were mixed randomly with the normal colors. So it occurred a few times that I picked a color and found out too late that I chose a pearl or metallic variant. It’s mentioned on the paint tube though, but I don’t always read the names on them.
Individually these pearly colors are nice. They contain mica powder which gives them an iridescent glow, but their colors are not very strong and they are not ideal to blend with too much water (and they seem to take a longer time to dry).
The thing with pearly/metallic gouache is that they are simply not that suitable to mix with other paints (either metallic/pearly or normal colors). They mix okay on the palette, but the moment you apply them, they lose some of their flow and strength. The shimmery effect will fade and the normal paint will miss some of its color strength and opaqueness.

Because I avoided them in my first artwork (the washi-taped florals), I decided to give them a chance and paint a piece with pearls and metallic gouache instead. You can see for yourself if you like the result or not.
I counted a total of 12 pearly/metallic paints in this set. (That’s quite a lot if you don’t expect them to be part of the set at all, haha). But there are still 48 traditional colors left to choose from.

List of colors:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Pearl eucalyptus
  • Pearl emerald
  • Pearl aqua blue
  • Pearl bubble
  • Pearl purple
  • Pearl orange
  • Pearl white rose
  • Pearl scarlet
  • Pearl noir (it’s not really black though).

The brush set:

I loved the brushes from this set the moment I started working with them. The set contains 15 spot brushes in the sizes of 4/0, 3/0, 2/0, 0, and 1.
They are handmade with professional-grade white Taklon hair and have nickel-plated copper ferrules. The website says they are long-lasting and so far, it seems to be true.
Often with these smaller detail-brushes, I find myself using them only for a short period of time before they get too fuzzy to use on the smaller details. But maybe it’s me, and maybe I don’t take good enough care to preserve their quality when I clean them. But these Arteza brushes have been used multiple times now, and they are still perfectly smooth to work with.
So yes, I’m totally sold and will probably buy a new set once these have worn out.

Conclusion

I think Arteza’s 60 Gouache Premium Artist Paint, is a great starter set if you are someone who wants to try out gouache or if you are a professional on a budget. You can create wonderful things with it and there are a lot of colors to choose from. The pricing is fair considering what you get for that money. But if you are looking for brighter, more opaque gouache paints, I would recommend buying from brands that use stronger pigments.

Regarding the Detail paint brush set; I LOVED working with them. It’s been really great for small detailing and the brushes seem to hold well after a couple of uses. I’ve been using them a lot and think I finally found the perfect long-lasting brushes to use for my tiny detailed artwork.

I hope this blog was helpful.  😊

Thank you Arteza for having me test these materials!

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