What is Gouache? The Super Hybrid Versatile Paint

It’s a Gouache, it’s an Acrylic, it’s…Acryl Gouache!
What is 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 acrylic gouache.

If you were looking to get those matte and opaque colors with acrylics, you had to paint heavy layer over layer again and again, ending up with a painting surface that would probably have brush texture built up where you don’t want it. Well, not anymore with Turner Acryl Gouache, the fast drying, matte acrylic!

What is Gouache?

What is Acryl Gouache?

Turner Acryl Gouache (pronounced gwaash) is a fast drying, matte acrylic paint that provides opaque brilliance, and can be applied to almost any substrate,  making it more versatile than traditional acrylic paints. 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– there is not the color shift that occurs as with most acrylics from wet to dry.  No matter how much you spread it, there won’t be darker and lighter striations of the same color! The color stays throughout the drying process and is quite permanent, as a result of the acrylic resins in the Acryl Gouache.

Like traditional watercolor gouache, Acryl Gouache is easily used in many different ways from scientific illustrations, architectural color layout, fashion design illustration, and even tole painting. Acryl Gouache maintains the same matte finish needed for high end imagery to be photographed or scanned from commercial or print images, without the shine that complicates color and registration of the image. What other properties make this paint so special?


Turner Acryl Gouache has been a favorite of illustrators and painters alike because of its easy paintability. It thins easily with water, and spreads smooth and consistently. The color doesn’t vary from lighter to darker like other paints when spread out over a canvas or paper surface, and if thinned with water, the colors can spread even further.  With Turner Acryl Gouache’s super high pigment load, a little goes a long way, and thinning slightly is even recommended for ease of leveling without losing the brilliance or opacity of the color. Popular amongst Fine Artists, Illustrators & Designers!

Turner Acryl Gouache Artist Acrylics
A beautiful velvety matte finish!



With the exceptions of their decorative and fluorescent paint ranges, Turner Acryl Gouache is incredibly lightfast for traditional indoor art applications, whether used for fine art and illustration, furniture decoration, or even wall murals.


One of the main benefits of using an acrylic gouache is its adhesiveness. since it uses a high-quality acrylic resin to bind the high pigment load together. 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 gouache, it’s adhesiveness is still much higher than other kinds of paints. It can bind to wood, stone, paper, metal, cloth, canvas, acrylic board and even clay!

Quick Drying Time:

Since Acryl Gouache is such a pigment rich paint with a lower resin amount than acrylics, it dries considerably quicker and to a hard film. This is one of the reasons illustrators prefer using gouache and acrylic gouache (besides the matte finish for photography purposes)– the quick drying time helps when making tight deadlines! Word to the wise though: artists using this paint should be ready to keep their brushes well rinsed and palettes misted at frequent intervals, because we aren’t kidding about how fast this dries!

Artwork example Painted with Turner Acryl Gouache
Painted with Turner Acryl Gouache


Just like an acrylic paint, Acryl Gouache is very water resistant, and you can paint over it easily. If you thin the paint significantly with water when working, some of the colors lose their water resistant properties– but this can be fixed by sealing the final work with a few light coats of spray varnish.

Finishing Sprays / Varnishing for Gouache:

Because they dry matte and the paint film is not totally permanent, you can finish your pieces by spraying with Krylon Archival Matte Spray or Krylon UV Resistant Clear Gloss Spray.

And finally, price:

Turner Acryl Gouache can be found at a great value at Jerry’s Artarama! 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!

More Resources

  1. ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Rich Pelligrino Reviews Turner Acryl Gouche
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  3. SEE WHAT ARTIST GAMINI RATNAVIRA SAYSI absolutely Love Turner Acryl Gouache
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