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Derivan Artist


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

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Although Derivan Artist is a single price across the range, the 22 colours available cover the full spectrum demanded by artists. Derivan Artist can be used in combination with the Derivan Painting Mediums range or, for a wider choice of mediums, the Matisse Medium range. Derivan Artist will give equally fantastic results used as a thick impasto paint or with the use of water and mediums as a watercolour, screen printing ink on paper, airbrushing or fabric paint.


Derivan Artist is formulated to be used by tertiary students and artists as a full-bodied acrylic colour. Derivan Artist may also be used in conjunction with various mediums to achieve screen prints, watercolour techniques, airbrushing, and fabric painting.

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Colour Mixing

All the colours may be intermixed to form bright secondary and tertiary colours. They will not "muddy up" like some brands of students' paints.

Clean Up

Wash all utensils, brushes and hands with soap and water to clean up.

Removal of paint stains

As Derivan Artist is a professional grade paint, it is hard to remove from clothing once it has dried. Whilst wet it can be washed with soap and cold water.

ASTM Lightfastness

ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) is an independent organisation that tests the lightfast properties of pigments (that is, how the pigments will hold up to exposure to light and if or how much they may fade over a given period). The ratings are simple and easy to understand.

  • ASTM 1: Denotes a pigment of permanent performance.
  • ASTM 2: Denotes a pigment of reliable performance (which in normal interior conditions can be considered to be permanent).
  • ASTM 3: This group of pigments commonly used in artist colours lacks permanence when not used in full strength.

Derivan Artist pigments are all rated either ASTM 1 or 2 which means they are permanent.

Health and Safety

Derivan Artist is a non-toxic water-based acrylic paint that carries the certification seal of the US based Arts and Craft Materials Institute as safe for use by Artists (AP Label). Derivan Artist contains no heavy metals, lead or toxic solvents. Even though it is non-toxic, it is advisable to keep it out of reach of small children as it has very strong binding qualities.


The Colour Book

Download PDF version of The Colour Book here (4.2Mb)pdf icon

Learn and understand colour through theory and practical exercises. An effortless but complete and clear way to become familiar with its principles and how to incorporate them into your projects.

This book has been written using Matisse Structure and Flow Formula acrylic paints from Derivan Pty Ltd. We have chosen this brand because of their extremely high quality and brilliant colours. You will however, be able to use other brands – and you’ll find this book useful anywhere you’re thinking about colour. If you are using Derivan Artist, or Derivan Student - please use the table on page 91 in the book as a reference for colour option equivalents.

Go to The Colour Book page to see image-sample of pages from the book and download a pdf copy of the companion Colour Workbook.