Review of Arrtx Jelly Cup Style Gouache

Hi friends! Today I have a review of Arrtx Jelly cup style gouache. Gouache is a really neat medium, it is opaque, fast drying and layerable but can be re-wet and reworked as much as you like. It is an opaque watercolor that can give a similar look to oils and acrylics with ease of use and cleanup. You can use gouache to follow along with acrylic or oil tutorials too with little modifications. I like materials that are ready to go when I am with little set up time and this palette fits that bill.

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The new Arrtx gouache set features 18 jelly cup style containers of gouache. Each container is 30ml and housed in a sturdy reusable palette box.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Comes with pigment information
  • Opaque colors-great coverage
  • Includes good mixing primaries
  • High-quality palette box including a washable palette that inserts in lid
  • Wells go all the way up to the top of the lid so if you prefer to let your paints dry out you won’t have to worry about paint cracking and mixing. You also won’t have to worry about liquid paints mixing but store it flat to prevent leaking between colors.

Cons:

  • The bright yellow color of the palette and box might be distracting when mixing colors (white or grey would be preferable)

Bottom line: I really like these paints. Often with affordable gouache, I feel like I need to let the paint dry out a bit to make them thick enough to perform well but these are great right out of the pot. I love that they use mostly tried and true pigments and that they include that info so I can better gauge how lightfast they will be. They painted out well, dried quickly on paper, and behave like other artist quality gouache I have used in the past. The colors are different from the 18 Himi gouache paint set and I do feel that the quality has improved over that set which was distributed by the same company Lightwish on Amazon. I think both sets would complement each other. You can find out more about this product here.

Happy crafting!

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