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Pastel Gouache Paint Stix - Set of 12
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Pastel Gouache Paint Stix - Set of 12

  • Our Gouache Stix are a set of 12 pastel colours, water based, thick painting sticks with real gouache pigment that are used as an alternative to tubes of paint, jars of water and paint brushes
  • They are very quick-drying, non-toxic, odourless
  • Perfect for all ages. No set up required and no mess
  • Great for use outdoors. Take them on your next outdoor adventure. A great way to connect with your kids, friends or family.
  • Our products work best together and in bundles! Try our mixed media paper and watercolour brush pens with the gouache for the ultimate art kit
  • 12 pastel colours including pinks, blues, greens, yellows, purples and a brown. 

Gouache use

  • Our Gouache Stix work just like real Gouache paint and work well with and without water.
  • Feels like you’re painting with lipstick
  • Use our Water Brush (included in watercolour pack) or your finger to blend the colours together
  • Very simple to use. Uncap, twist and paint!
  • You can paint over the dried gouache paint with other colours or art materials, like paint pens, pencils, markers, etc.


What is gouache?

Gouache is a type of paint which is centuries old, and yet relatively few people even know of its existence today. It’s a medium worth discovering, with characteristics of both acrylic and watercolor that can be used to create vibrant, luminous works of art. It is sometimes referred to as opaque watercolour.

The Gouache Stix are our latest addition to our illustration, painter, art journaling and doodling toolbox. You can get the Gouache Stix and A4 pad of paper in a handy bundle to start right away.

How do you say gouache?

This is a word that everybody imagines in their head quite differently, and most likely when you hear how its pronounced, you'll think "oh! how different".

The right pronounciation is "gwahsh", "goo-ahsh" or "gwash"

What is the difference between gouache and watercolour?

A primary difference between the two paints is that gouache is more opaque than watercolour. Both paints consist of pigment and water soluble binder, which allows the paint to be altered even after it dries with the addition of water.

Just like regular gouache, you can add as much water as you want and dilute the paint until it's transparent - like a watercolour.

I have the Silky Paint Stick, are the Gouache Paint Stix any different?

The silkys are made with poster paint and the gouache are made with gouache paint. An easy way to split them is to say, our silkys are perfect for the young kids, and gouache are made for our older kids and adults.

If you loved the Silkys and wanted to have a go at the painting style, the Gouache Stix will be perfect because they are more opaque and intense, a lot creamier, and a more sofisticated type of paint material that will instantly improve your art experience and end result.

It would be like comparing kids-quality crayon and artist studio quality pastels.

How do I use my Gouache Stix?

There are so many ways! You can use them as paint sticks directly onto the surface and keep the colour thick and solid.

You can also use them like watercolours, apply the paint from the stick, and then use your water brush or wet paint brush to blend them, mix colours and give them a softer look.

Mix any colour you like using the paint stick and using your finger or a paintbrush to mix.

Create light colour by using your paint brush or water brush directly onto the paint stick and extracting some colour to add to your art.

Use the Gouache Stix with your Watercolour Brush Pens, they work perfectly together and blend like magic.

Paint on paper, wood and many other surfaces like fabric (not permanently), and once dry, add details using your acrylic paint pens.

They work perfectly on our mixed media paper. Get some paper, a water brush (from your pack of watercolour brush pens) and sit on the couch and enjoy your relaxing evening in. Get the Gouache Stix and A4 pad of paper in a handy bundle.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 43 reviews
Louise Worsell
Play like a child

These gouache stix are so creamy and vibrant. They’re great for making backgrounds and also adding a pop of colour to a final piece. I also found them useful to use a wet brush straight from the stix onto the paper. That way makes for a great watercolour effect.

Thank you for your positive review!
We're so glad to hear that you are enjoying our Pastel Gouache Paint Stix. We designed them to be creamy and vibrant for a playful and fun experience, just like a child's creativity. We love the idea of using them for backgrounds and adding a pop of colour to final pieces. And using a wet brush straight from the stix for a watercolor effect is a great tip!
Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Happy creating!

Very nice

Lovely smooth and creamy colour. Love the selection. A white would have been good.

Jess Williams

💯 recommend the life of colour products. High quality, long lasting, beautiful colour range.

Robyn McLean

Lovely to use, great colour, dry smooth

Joanna Raposio
Great for kids

Love the colours and really easy to use. Even fun for adults. Love the way they guide over the page. Definitely bringing out the artist in my little guy

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The Life of Colour experience goes way beyond buying our products. We have created so many ways for you to share your work with us and with all the other amazing people out there who are genuinely interested in your creative journey.

For Halloween this year we have decided to explore some different ways that we can reuse, upcycle and recreate the old into something new.
We will use our Life of Colour art supplies to add wonderful colour and whacky details to our Halloween craft. So, if you are looking for a cheap course of action this year- follow along and find an activity that suits you!!



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Add one of our premium keepsake art boxes to your order. We will package it nicely with tissue paper and love!

  • Safely store your art and supplies
  • Take your art supplies on the go
  • Made of sturdy materials, with a magnetic closing

Large Art Box (Box Only)


- Perfect for teens and adults

- Fits up to A4-sized paper

- 32cm by 23.5cm, 10cm deep

Small Art Box (Box Only)


- Amazing for children

- Fits up to A5-sized paper

- 26cm by 22.6cm, 8cm deep