WHAT ARE FLUORESCENT PAINTS?
The fluorescent pigment in acrylic products is entirely man-made. Manufactured fluorescent dye is added to the largest amounts of resin that is then left to dry before being ground to a fine powder to form fluorescent pigment. This pigment is then added to a standard paint base. Although fluorescent paints can look somewhat subdued in ordinary daylight, their glowing qualities are brought to life using a black light, also referred to as a UV (ultraviolet) light. These black lights emit large amounts of ultraviolet light that the naked eye cannot see, and they are perceived as ‘black’. The paint absorbs the ultraviolet light from the bulb and then re-emits it in visible wavelengths that we see as fluorescent colours.
Fluro Acrylic Paint
Derivan Student Fluro Acrylic Paint is great for all ages and skill levels - From kids who want to try something new to seasoned artists. Derivan Student Paint is easy to mix and comes in seven neon colours Magenta, blue, green, yellow, white, red and orange.
WHAT IS THE TRANSPARENCY OF DERIVANS FLURO ACRYLIC PAINT?
Derivan fluorescent paints are semi-transparent - meaning that their coverage is light and the background will most likely be visible through them. The drying time is the same as regular acrylic paints, that being 1-3 hours depending upon weather conditions. Derivan fluorescent paint creates a beautiful glow on your artworks or any other place you want to decorate with colours!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY FLUORESCENT PAINT?
Fluorescent paints can be applied the same way as any acrylic paint, using brushes, rollers, etc. However, they are best applied to a white surface to reflect their glowing quality best. While they can be applied to a darker surface, this will mute the overall colour and fluorescent effect.
Although fluorescent paints are semi-transparent, one way to offset this feature is to apply a fluorescent colour over a regular acrylic paint of a similar colour. For example, apply Derivan Student Magenta acrylic paint and once it is dry add a layer of Derivan Student Fluro Magenta acrylic paint. This will ensure that a strong layer of magenta colour is visible in average daylight, while the fluorescent magenta quality will be visible with a black light.
It is also worth noting that the lighter fluorescent colours such as Derivan Student Fluro Yellow or Fluro Green tend to be the most vibrant shades in these ranges and glow brightly under black light.
WILL FLUORESCENT PAINTS GLOW IN THE DARK WITHOUT THE USE OF A BLACK LIGHT?
Unfortunately no. Fluorescent paint is not to be confused with phosphorescent or ‘glow in the dark’ paint, the latter being clear in daylight, emitting a pale green glow at night without the use of specific black light. This is similar to the way fluorescent paints emit their glow, except the visible light glows for a longer period.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY FLUORESCENT PAINT?
Fluorescent paints can be applied the same way as any acrylic paint, using brushes, rollers, etc. However, they are best applied to a white surface to best reflect their glowing quality. While they can be applied to a darker surface, this will mute the overall colour and fluorescent effect.
Although fluorescent paints are semi-transparent, one way to offset this feature is to apply a fluorescent colour over a regular acrylic paint of a similar colour. For example, apply Derivan Student Magenta acrylic paint and allow to dry before applying a layer of Derivan Student Fluro Magenta acrylic paint. This will ensure that a strong layer of magenta colour is visible in normal daylight, while the fluorescent magenta quality will be visible with the use of a black light.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN UP FLUORESCENT PAINT?
Cleaning brushes, hands, etc after using paint is the same as regular acrylic paint – with soap and water. As acrylic paints can dry quickly, be sure to wash brushes promptly after use to avoid paint clogging the bristles.
FLURO SCREEN INK
Derivan Fluro Screen Ink is a water-based screen printing ink. It has been formulated as a safe and non-toxic silk screen printing ink for fabric or other surfaces. These silkscreen inks work safely in the classroom or at home without being exposed to harmful solvents such as white spirits, turps, or thinners. Derivan Screen Ink washes up right away in water (before it is heat set) but has excellent rub resistance and lightfastness once has been heat set.
WHAT IS SCREEN PRINTING?
Screen printing is when designs are created on surfaces like paper, fabric, wood, glass or silk. It uses screen frames with a fine mesh stretched over them and screens inks that can be dragged with a squeegee across the frame to print onto the surface. Learn more about screen printing here
FLURO FACE PAINT
Explore the world of fluorescent face paint! Fluorescent face paint is an easy way to create a unique look at your next event or party. Check out some of our favourite glow in the dark FLURO face paints a wide range of colours ARE available see below.
ABOUT DERIVAN FACE PAINT
This quality, Australian-made face paint was designed for drama and theatre. It is easy to use with superior coverage that dries quickly and washes off easily in warm soapy water. The company's products are known worldwide as the industry standard by professionals such as makeup artists, actors, dancers, circus performers or anyone else who needs a beautiful yet durable product on set or at an event.
FLURO FABRIC PAINT
Derivan's Glow in the Dark Fabric Paint is unique. It's water-based, and comes in easy-to-use 60ml tubes that clean up with water! You can hand paint your fabric so that will give you the ability to light up your life under black light. It's all about making a brighter place for everyone around us by creating art on our walls and furniture as well as clothing items such as backpacks, jackets, hats...etc.