2013 Ampersand Art Contest Winners!


Give a Round of Applause for our 2013 Contest Winners!

We had so many great entries in our 2013 Ampersand Art Contest this year, it was a huge success! It's nice to know that Jerry's Artarama has so many talented artist friends. You all decided the winners on Facebook and here are the winners with their amazing entries! 

First Place Winner

"African Grey Parrot"
by Pringle Poirot

"I really like the quality of the Ampersand boards. I mainly use the Claybord and love how the paint flows. The super smooth surface is perfect for the finest details."


Second Place Winner

"Java, a tiger portrait in oils on Ampersand Gessoboard Panel"
by Sandra Cutrer

"Are you kidding me? Ampersand is totally "the" only board I trust to paint on! Smooth Gessobord panels, Claybord panels, Hardbord, or Aquabord. It gives me the perfect painting foundation, so I know I won't have to worry whether it looks great or not. I feel 100% confident using Ampersand boards!


Third Place Winner

by Allison Thomas

"I love the smooth surfaces of the Aquabords and they keep colors vivid."


Each of our winners won big with first place winning $350 in value in Ampersand products and Jerry's Artarama gift cards, followed by second place winning $181 worth of prizes and third place winning $135 dollars worth of prizes!

 Don't forget to enter one of our many fun and fantastic art contests -- maybe you will be our next big winner!


Turner Acryl Gouache, the super hybrid paint


It's a Gouache, it's an Acrylic, it's...Turner Acryl Gouache!

Although acrylic colors are very versatile and have been employed in more uses than any other type of paint, they still are lacking something, they have been missing the opacity and matte properties of gouache. If you were looking to get those matte and opaque colors with acrylics, you had to paint layer over layer again and again and then the surface of the painting would become so slippery, any overpainting was next to impossible! Well not anymore with Turner Acryl Gouache, the fast drying decorative acrylic!

Turner Acryl Gouache (pronounced gwaash) is a fast drying, matte acrylic paint that gives off opaque brilliance and can be laid down in many uses making acrylic paints even more versatile. It's fully pigmented and are most colors are totally light fast. Another great feature of the Acryl gouache is that the color stays constant. No matter how much you spread it, there won't be darker and lighter areas of the same color. The color stays throughout the drying process and is quite permanent as a result of the binding substance in gouache. They can also bind to just about any surface and have been used in many different ways from illustrations to tole painting to the world of fashion. Now, lets go over some of the great properties which make this paint so special.


Turner Acryl Gouache has been a favorite of illustrators and painters alike because of its easy paintability. It spreads smooth and consistent. The color doesn't vary from lighter to darker as much as other paints when spread out over a canvas or paper surface and if thinned with water, the colors can spread even further.


With the exceptions of their decorative and fluorescent paint ranges, Acryl Gouache is incredibly lightfast although this paint was not made for outdoor use, so indoor use is intended.


One of the main benefits of using a gouache is its adhesiveness since one of the main ingredients is some sort of glue like substance used to thicken it. The adhesiveness is what originally attracted Artists to use this paint for tole painting, or the painting of furniture, glass, metal, etc. Even though this is a hybrid acrylic gouache, it's adhesiveness is still much higher than other kinds of paints. It can bind to wood, stone, paper, metal, cloth, acryl board and even clay!

Quick Drying Time:

Since Acryl Gouache is such a pigment rich paint, it dries considerably quicker than acrylic colors and dries to a hard film. This is one of the reasons illustrators prefer using gouache and acrylic gouache-the quick drying time helps make deadlines! Word to the wise though: artists using this paint should be ready to keep their brushes and palettes wet because we aren't kidding about how fast this does dry.

Painted with Turner Acryl Gouache


Just like an acrylic paint, once dry, this paint is very water resistant and you can paint over it easily. Now if you thin the paint before use, some of the colors lose their water resistant properties, but for pure painting with them, they should be just fine.

And finally, price:

Turner Acryl Gouache can be found at a great value at Jerry's Artarama! And right now, you can find this paint at 62% off list price. It's a great opportunity to try out this versatile, easy to use, quick drying paint! And if you've used Turner Acryl Gouache before, let us know what you thought of it in the comments below. With 8 different color ranges, you'll definitely find what you're looking for!




Gouache, did I say that right?

What Is It Anyway?

If you've never heard of it, Gouache(pronounced gwaash) is the little understood paint that works like an opaque watercolor. It's made of ground up pigments in water and mixed with a glue like substance to thicken it and has velvety, opaque and reflective qualities as well as brilliant color. Gouache is actually one of the oldest mediums used in Western art and used in a number of different professions, not just art. It's used around the world for many different purposes and it's probably a good time to learn exactly what it is.

Painted with Guache

Gouache's name comes from the Italian word aguazzo which translates to "mud" and like mud, Gouache is wet and opaque. Unlike mud, when applied, Gouache dries to vivid, opaque colors. It's often compared to a watercolor, but unlike watercolor, gouache isn't used as a stain and doesn't rely on the whiteness of the paper or canvas you're painting on to display the colors' brilliance. It also can create flawless, flat colored areas, which is harder to create with watercolors. But, because the pigment concentrations are higher in gouache, it is more resistant to problems like the "blossoming" or "washing out" that occurs with watercolors. Gouache also gives off a slightly reflective shimmer that has been used extensively in illustrations and advertising. Not only did it look great, but it impressed Illustrators with its speed of application and its coverage with minimal paint. You've probably seen it in fashion illustrations before like this one:

Gouache is not a new product either, its been around for a very long time. The ancient Egyptians were the first to use it using honey as their binding agent. They saw its potential as the ideal medium to capture the effects of light. Then it was used by artists throughout Europe and grew to much popularity during the victorian age. Famed historic painter Henri Matisse also used it extensively. Today, gouache is popular with advertisers, illustrators looking for a vintage look, and decorators looking to make their work stand out.

Who uses it and why?

  • Artists- Duh. Perfect for abstract work and coloured backgrounds, gouache is often used in conjunction with watercolor paints to give watercolor paintings more texture and depth.
  • Designers- They love it for its ease of use and brilliance. It shines and reflects more than other paints which is more likely to draw the eye which has made it very popular with designers and advertisers.
  • Airbrushing-water based and great covering power make it perfect for airbrushing. It's also one of the least toxic materials to spray and is easily cleanable.
  • Calligraphy- because of it's excellent flow, easy controllability, opacity and permanence, gouache is a favorite among calligraphers.
  • Tole painters- tole painting is the folk art of painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture. It stands out particularly well on glass, wood, and tin! The jug to the right is a great example of tole painting with gouache.
  • Fashion-Gouache is often the paint associated with paintings of fashion models and clothes and apparel. 


Have you tried painting with Gouache yet? If so, let us know in the comment section which brand is your favorite(Turner, Winsor & Newton, SoHo, LUKAS), what you like about it and where you use it. We'd love to hear more about it!

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