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Weird fishes

A deep water fish I painted in Gouache in my new Christmas notebook.

A strange deep water fish
A strange deep water fish

New Gouache

I got some new Pelikan gouache paints for Christmas. The paint is in cake form, so it’s handy for travel.

Pelikan 24 color gouache paint set
Pelikan 24 color gouache paint set


  • Affordable, around $20 for 24 colors on Amazon.
  • Wide range of colors.
  • Portable, grab some water brushes and go. 


  • Streaky, unless you paint many layers, you aren’t going to get that smooth, even gouache look.
  • Gritty, especially in colors that are mixed, not pure pigments.
Color test. Left to right Pelikan, Caron D'Arche, LeFranc & Bourgeous, Reeve's, and Artist's Loft.
Color test. Left to right Pelikan, Caron D’Arche, LeFranc & Bourgeous, Reeve’s, and Artist’s Loft.

Here are some blue color swatches of the different gouache brands. The Pelikan paint is in the far left. I feel like it performed worse than the cheaper brands of Reeve’s and Artist Loft.

Sample painting done in Pelikan
Sample painting done in Pelikan

I did a trial painting of a cat using the Pelikan’s, I had to do multiple layers of the blue and the grays.

These paints were meant to be student grade, so I can’t complain too much. I can’t really recommend these for artists, unless you already have a few higher quality paints, and you just want to supplement with some new colors. For small areas these would be fine, but when you start to cover large areas, you can see how streaky they become.

Sweet Boy

Another Reddit Gets Drawn post, this one submitted by Rowdygregg. I painted this in gouache. I like how saturated gouache’s colors are.  Well, the colors get a little washed out in the picture, but the original is much more vibrant.

Reddit Gets Drawn 

Puppy dog with branch

Sometimes for practice I participate in the Reddit Gets Drawn community.

I thought this little guy would be fun to paint in gouache.

Gouache Skulls

Gouache Skulls
Gouache Skulls

A gouache painting I did of some skulls for the Halloween season.

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Fine Arts

Many of my fine art pieces are for sale as prints on my Redbubble shop!