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Matisse Flow formula

Matisse Flow Formula has all the attributes of the Structure Formula; however, it has a thinner viscosity to allow free flowing brushstrokes or use through an airbrush (with minimal dilution). This allows the paint to be used for fine brushwork with or without water dilution. This paint gives a fine flow with a low-sheen finish and good levelling.

For specific information about ASTM ratings, pigments and transparency of Matisse Flow Formula colours, please click here.

Some uniquely Australian colours in the Matisse Flow range





Download PDF version of the Matisse Technical Guide here (3.2Mb)pdf icon


Matisse Flow Formula is highly suited to mural work, acrylic canvas painting, theatre backdrops, geometrics, hard edge, photo realism, air-brushing etc... and fine detail brushwork, poster colour and watercolour techniques can be simulated quite easily.

New! Matisse Flow Sets

matisse flow sets

Available now! Three new Matisse Flow 75ml tube sets: Intro Set, Primary Set, and Australian Colours.


Matisse Flow Formula is compatible with all Matisse Mediums. For matt velvet effects, add MM5 Matt Medium. For buttering up the paint, add MM2 Impasto Medium.

Matisse Flow Formula dries water-resistant but an addition of MM8 Spreader Medium will increase its water-sensitivity for watercolour effects. MM1 Drying Retarder does the same but also slows down drying and film formation.

As an acrylic designer's paint/gouache

Matisse Flow mixed with MM5 Matt Medium is an excellent designers paint, ideal for flat areas of colour and for work to be photographed.


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.

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.




Matisse Flow Sets

Introducing three exciting new sets from Matisse Derivan! Each set has been hand selected from the brilliant range of Matisse Flow Formula Colours and Mediums to provide artists with a stunning array of colours in 75ml tubes.


Intro Set - 5 x 75ml tubes

Titanium White
Primary Yellow
Primary Red
Primary Blue
Matisse Medium 75ml MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish

Intro Set
Primary Set - 10 x 75ml tubes

Titanium White
Mars Black
Phthalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Light Hansa
Yellow Deep
Matisse Red Light
Brilliant Alizarin (Crim)
Matisse Medium 75ml MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish
Matisse Medium 75ml MM3 Surface Tension Breaker

Primary Set
Australian Colours - 10 x 75ml tubes

Australian Sienna
Australian Sky Blue
Australian Sap Green
Australian Olive Green
Australian Red Violet
Australian Yellow Green
Australian Blue Gum
Southern Ocean Blue
Matisse Medium 75ml MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish
Matisse Medium 75ml MM3 Surface Tension Breaker

Australian Colours Set


See Also

Matisse Structure formula

Matisse Mediums