When I ran out of some colors in my Winsor and Newton gouache set I decided to try some different brands. At the top of my list was M Graham gouache. I am really happy that I decided to try these since they have definitely lived up to the artist grade gouache claims that I have heard about.
|Quality||Where Does it Stand?|
|Lightfastness||31 out of 35 colors in the line have an LF I rating of Excellent, and 4 out of 82 colors in the line have an LF II rating of Very Good. All of the colors in the line have a very high permanence rating.|
|Where Is It Made?||USA|
|Identification (Color Labeling and Accuracy)||The tubes have color swatches on the front that are fairly accurate. They also have the name in English, French, and German. The tubes also include the series number, like fastness rating, pigment number along with the pigment name, vehicle, and ASTM D – 4236 confirmation.|
|Tube size||15 mL (.5 ounces)|
|Price||Around $5-$8 per tube|
- Quinacridone rose – lightfastness I, PV 19
- Hansa yellow (primary) – lightfastness II, PY3
- Pthalocyanine blue (primary) – lightfastness I, PB 15:3
- Raw Sienna – lightfastness I, PBr7
- Burnt Sienna – lightfastness I, PBr7
- Lamp Black – lightfastness I, PBk6
There is so much pigment in these paints. It’s just totally vibrant. It’s also very clear that they do not add a new pacifiers to the payments because classically transparent pigments like Quinacridone rose and Phthalocyanine blue are not opaque unless they are applied extraordinarily thickly. That’s fine with me because you can always add white to make your pigment more opaque if you want to.
The opaque paints like raw sienna, burnt sienna, and lamp black are completely and totally opaque.
All of the colors water down very nicely and they are not chalky at all. They have a velvety matte finish that is just wonderful to look at.
There is absolutely no problem mixing these colors. The all mixed very cleanly. Actually, there is so much pigment in some of the colors that you may need to water them down to get the shade that you desire.
M Graham gouache re-wets very easily. There is no problem and the colors are not diluted. You do not need to scrub of your brush, and you can get very opaque colors with little difficulty. This is totally different from the Winsor and Newton gouache.
Pros and Cons
|Lightfast Colors||Not easily available outside of the United States of America|
|Re-wets very well||Product line is not as large as some other brands, although that is probably because they focus on lightfast pigments and single pigment colors|
|Artist grade gouache||Not all paints are completely opaque without adding white|
|Does not contain chalk or pacifiers|
|All the colors dilute extremely well|
Who is it for?
Anyone and everyone who is interested in learning to paint with gouache! The colors mix beautifully. It takes a lot of the frustration that I felt with the Winsor and Newton gouache out of the painting process.
The M Graham paints are even slightly cheaper than the Windsor and Newton paints, so it seems like there are no downsides.
The Last Word
- Price: ★★★★★
- Quality: ★★★★★
- Overall: ★★★★★
I love these paints. They’re the best gouache that I have ever used. I would recommend them to anyone.
The only potential downside is that it is a little more difficult to acquire these paints over here in Europe. There are only two places that I know of where they can be bought in Europe, and that’s at a more expensive price than available in the United States.
Outside of that, I don’t see any reason why anyone would be upset with these paints unless they really do not want to modify the opacity of their own paints with white.
Just Go Buy Them Already!