We posted recently about the new Caran d'Ache gouache paints, after Ruth asked what I thought of them and how they compared to other brands...
I hadn't tried them, but of course after reading about them, I HAD to...I didn't have exactly the same colors, so tried to use comparable for my tests, above.
At top is Caran d'Ache, next down is Pelikan, which I used to use a lot when I wanted portability, and at bottom a combination of various brands of artist-grade gouaches from M. Graham, Holbein, and Horadam, mostly, with a few old Winsor & Newton.
My old Pelikan didn't fare that well, in comparison to the Caran--even pre-wet, as I did all of them, it didn't lift and mix as readily, and the pigment is more transparent. (That's a Cadmium-ish yellow in upper right on the Pelikan page.
|This was a plein air gouache painting from a few years back...|
|...and this appeared in Country Living magazine...state flowers!|
Of course weight is still an issue with me, as well as permanence and pigment density. The Caran box is quite a bit heavier than any of my home made gouache palettes, as well as being considerably larger. it weighs 13.5 ounces, my newer W&N converstion weighs 5, and the tiny box you see here weighs 2.5 ounces.
|The new Caran d'Ache box is on the bottom...it'll probably stay home in the studio!|
Here is their helpful post:
Indeed in the past the boxes for this product were in plastic, now they are in metal. You can have these boxes in set of 8 or 15 colors. These sets are mostly used in schools in Switzerland and abroad. It is part of our Studio/Fancolor/Hobby line. This product contains a highly dense pigmentary concentration, in comparison to other products of this kind on the market.
Even though the product is of our Studio and Fancolor line, it is used by many professionals in all kind of artwork.
However the light fastness is not as high as the one of products from our artist line.
Here is also our web page for this product.
We hope this answers your question and thank you for your interest in our products.
With our Best Regards,
Caran d'Ache SA
Responsable Service clientèle
19, chemin du Foron
Tél. +41 22 869 01 15
Thank you, Ruth, for sharing with us!