Flashe is actually vinyl-based, like acrylics which can be almost plastic-based, they are extremely colorful and vibrant.
- comes in a HUGE glass pot; you can probably paint from just the lid residue
- extremely flat matte; layer-able and smooth
- a bit inkier than acrylic paint, a little more translucent than gouache
- comes in a HUGE glass pot; you may not need this much
- if you like to blend smoothly, you will hate these
- not as opaque as text suggests
Flashe is not for everybody - it really depends on the kind of artist you are. If you enjoy gouache, layering separate colors with little blending, then you will enjoy working with these. If you are a watercolorist, these are paired really nicely with Aquaboard (*recommended) If you are an oil painter and like to blend smoothly, you will hate these like poison.
Personally, I would invest in only a few colors that I'd use as a flat, mono-chromatic under painting on paper. Lately I've been working like this: 1. colored pencil drawing on paper 2. flat under painting, usually neon aqua blue 3. final painting on top. (*I'll be posting this method soon, as I'm working on a new series for a show in February 2011)
However, they are on the expensive side: averaging $13 per color. If you do small paintings, these will last you about 230 years.
Final grade: B