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Established in 1964, Derivan is an Australian company and maker of the finest quality artist materials, including the famous Matisse range of professional artist acrylic paints and paint products.

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NEW Yin Min Blue Pigment

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Derivan is currently developing this pigment into a new hue of blue artist acrylic, which will become part of and complement the current range of Matisse Artists Acrylics It will sit along side other synthetic inorganic pigments like Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue and Phthalo Blue...

NEW Fluro Party Set

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Do you have a very "bright idea" to transform yourself with face/body paint?..., your brightest option is the New Face & Body Paint Fluro Set. Designed to glow under UV light, this set will certainly help you to illuminate your creation in the most effective way.

NEW Derivan Inks Colours

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In response to customer demand, we have opened up the colour range with three new additions; Turquoise, Crimson and Burnt Sienna. Many inks lack vibrancy due to poor pigmentation, but Derivan Inks are highly pigmented and extremely versitile. All Derivan Inks are...

NEW Matisse Fluid Range

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Matisse Fluid is our most liquid-like paint, yet despite its texture, it is highly pigmented. Matisse Fluid Acrylics, have a very smooth, runny but slightly dense viscosity. Being highly pigmented, the colours will....

Zombie Face Paint Set

Face Paint Zombie

Discover your outer zombie with the NEW Derivan Zombie Face & Body Paint Set. Have fun creating pale flesh, sunken eyes, realistic bruises and cuts on your face and body....

Derivan Concertina Book

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The New Derivan Concertina Style Sketchbook is a unique version of the traditional Illustrated Japanese Scroll used in the 16th century, this concertina style sketchbook is finished with heavy black...

MM37 Self Leveling Medium


New Matisse Self Leveling Medium is a clear product that when applied to a surface or as a paint additive will automatically spread and create a smooth, glossy finish with minimal surface texture. It is ideal for...

Derivan CanvasJack

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Tension for a canvas stretcher is crucial to its future life. The Canvas Jack System included in these artist quality pre-stretched canvases is designed to easily, quickly and evenly adjust and control...

Face Paint Markers & Wipes

Face Paint Markers

IHave you ever wondered what you would look like with a set of cats’ whiskers? Or what about a butterfly on your cheek or a superhero spider web all over your face? With the new Derivan Face and Body Markers you can make...

MM36 High Tooth Gesso

High Tooth Gessso

NEW released product to cater for the traditional technique of Encaustic Painting. MM36 High Tooth Gesso (Encaustic) is a permanent, flexible water-based ground, with a high tooth finish, for canvas, board, wood panels or paper. It dries to ...

Derivan Refillables

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Derivan Refillables are the ideal and practical solution for the artist or craft person who would like to organise, transport and store their unique colours to saved for...

Derivan Fake Blood

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Get all "wound" up with our new addition to Derivan Face & Body Paint products. Derivan Fake Blood is a realistic imitation blood product suitable for theatrical professional applications and home use. It has the same ...

Derivan Acrylic Range

Derivan Acrylic

Derivan Acrylic is a professional range of acrylic colours designed to be water-resistant and lightfast. Derivan Acrylic range is equivalent in colour strength and permanency to most professional grades of paint but is much more affordable..

Derivan Watercolours Range

Derivan watercolours

Available now at your local stockist. Manufactured using traditional methods and raw materials and carefully stone milled to enhance and retain the luminous nature of each pigment selected, Derivan Watercolours are now available in 24...

Block Ink New Colours

Derivan Anticrib paint

While the Derivan Block Ink range is already available in 10 brilliant colours, we’ve added three new hues including the addition of a cool red -Crimson- and a cool yellow -Lemon Yellow. In the process we fine-tuned another colour in the range by...

Derivan AntiCrib Paint

Derivan Anticrib paint

Derivan AntiCrib anti-cribbing paint is horse, human and environmentally friendly! A premium solution that protects horse enclosures by discouraging the development of crib chewing behaviour in your horses...

Derivan FabricArt Dimensional

FabricArt Dimensional Paint

If you are looking to add a new dimension to your fabric art, then Derivan Fabric Art Dimensional is the product for you. While many fabric paints are designed to form an even film on...

MM32 Light Modelling Paste

MM32 Light Modelling Paste

Just released, our NEW Matisse MM32 Light Modelling Paste is a modelling compound that has the same qualities as our regular MM2 Impasto Medium, but with a lighter body and finish. Like traditional impasto...

Derivan FabricArt Paint

FabricArt Paint colours

Derivan Fabric Art is the newest way to make your mark. These three products have been designed for you to customise and create unique designs on any natural fabric. Available in 13 colours, this non-toxic water based...

Gessoes in 250ml jars

Gessoes Jars 250ml

Derivan and Matisse Gesso have always been one of our most popular products, and now we’re proud to announce that our gesso in both our students and professional ranges are now available in 250ml screw cap...

Derivan FabricArt Markers

Fabric Art Markers

The new Derivan FabricArt range of twin tipped fabric markers are an easy and safe way to decorate fabric. With a range of standard and fluorescent colours that will enhance any creative project.
These versatile twin tipped markers...

Matisse Structure in 150ml size

Matisse Structure 150ml

The complete range of Matisse Structure Formula artists colours is now available in 150ml metal tubes, fitted with the Matisse flip-top cap and individually packed in cardboard boxes. The intense and vibrant 95 colours covers the full colour spectrum including several unique Australian colours.

Matisse iPhone App

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Now available for download, the Matisse product matching app allows you to use either an image, or the iPhone camera, to select an area of colour and find the closest matching acrylic paint from the Matisse Artist Acrylic paint range. It is designed...

Tone, Value, Hue Info Web Page

Colour spectrum Wheel

When it comes to colour theory and mixing, it is always helpful to have support you can refer to quickly and clearly. Our new information web page was constructed with just that in mind. Although colour is the basic component of art, it is a more complex...

Chalkboard Paint Colours

Derivan Chalkboard Paint Colours

Derivan Blackboard paint has transformed with updated name and more colours. Added to the original Derivan Blackboard Black and Green range, we have now six brilliant colour options to add a fun finish to the traditional and... [more...]

Artists Signature Collection Sets

Signature Collection Sets

Colours hand selected by two outstanding australian visual artists, these two new Signature sets expand and join the many creative possibilities offered by the Matisse Structure sets range. Beautifully presented with a glimpse of some of their accomplished pieces of art work on the cover...

New Edition Matisse Tech Guide

Matisse Tech Guide

Updated, revised and more useful than ever.
The Matisse Technical Guide and Visual Diary has been revised, updated and extended with more detailed information on the whole range of Matisse products with more detailed,,,

MM34 and MM35

MM34 and MM35 group

Environmentaly and people firendly. Two more additions join our MM family of Artist Mediums range. You can now safely and effectively clean brushes and hands without harmful chemicals. Restore and deep clean brushes by removing dried up acrylic or oil paint.

New Flip-Top Cap!

Flip-Top Cap on Matisse tube

As part of Derivan on-going consumer research and product development, of which our packaging plays an increasingimportant factor, the new flip- top cap is...

MM33 UV Conservation Varnish

Matisse MM33 UV Varnish

Derivan has just extended their varnish range by developing its just released UV Conservation Varnish, a non-yellowing acrylic resin varnish containing UV inhibitors. Matisse UV Varnish goes further as it is able to protect against fading works from UV light...

Reduce and Recycle with Eco-Pak

New 2 Litre Eco-Pak

Derivan is introducing a new standard of packaging for our most popular childrens and students range of products after sponsoring research into the recycling habits of...