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Derivan Watercolours | The Best Quality Watercolour Paints

Quality Watercolour Paints

Made in Australia

Are you looking for the best quality watercolour paint? Choose Derivan Watercolour. We have Single tubes, paint sets, watercolour brushes, watercolour pencils and watercolour pads

Clarico-Offer style 5



Why Buy Derivan Watercolour Paint?


We are glad you asked,  When you Buy Derivan watercolour you are safe in the knowledge that our watercolours are hand made and filled in Sydney, Australia. Using traditional methods, we carefully stone mill to enhance and retain the luminous nature of each pigment selected, Derivan Watercolours are available in 24 brilliant colours, covering the full-colour spectrum. Each colour in the range has been tested for granulation, transparency, staining and permanence. 

When Derivan set out to create our first watercolour range, we wanted to create a quality product that understood both the role of water in using watercolour and the play of Australian light on colour. While many watercolours have their genesis in Europe, we looked at the colours around us. Australian light is unique in its clarity, and the colours we see around us exemplify this quality. Our final range of 24 colours is testimony to our awareness of light colours' interplay and our desire to create products developed and manufactured in Australia.

Derivan Watercolours are the result of precisely selected pigments dispersed in a fluid solution of pure Gum Arabic and the addition, in some cases, of Oxgall, which ensures optimal flow off the brush of the Derivan watercolours. 

More information on watercolour surface preparation here.  



It is the pigments we start with to reach our aim of having the best quality watercolours.  We experimented with pigments from around the world to create colours that blend perfectly when added to water. The pigments used in Derivan Watercolours are of the highest quality, selected for their superior performance in the strength of colour and exceptional brilliance, which have the highest permanence ratings. Our colours are classified as ASTM I or ASTM II, an internationally recognized classification of art materials given by ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). These two levels indicate that Derivan Watercolours have strong fade resistance (lightfastness) that will ensure their colours remain strong and clear. 

Single pigments are used in the range anywhere possible, to make certain the pigment characteristics within the watercolour medium is maintained, such as hue, tint, transparency, brilliance. When a mixture is used, this has been carefully considered when permanency is of utmost importance. 

The additional fillers used in other products are kept to a necessary minimum in order to let the pigment take centre stage and work beautifully with water. The particle size and quality of the pigments play a strong role in the behaviour of watercolour products. Transparency refers to how opaque the colour is. Most watercolour colours, but not all, are transparent and allow the texture of the paper to peek through. This quality must also be taken into account when layering, as the colour and texture below any watercolour layer can be affected by any additional applications.


Best fabric paint to use

Available in 24 Brilliant colours

Clarico-3 Columans Style 1

Watercolour PRimary Set

Clarico-3 Columans Style 1

Watercolour Landscape set


Derivan Pencils and Pastels Sets have been specifically selected to enhance your artistic needs. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced artist, our sets supply a basic rendering range of quality products that will help turn your creative ideas into reality.

Derivan Watercolour pencils have been designed for artists of all ages. Each set has been assembled to give you both quality and value. All pencils and pastels are securely presented in a tin case; a convenient way to carry your drawing utensils while on the go. Start your creative journey today!



It's never too late to pick up a paintbrush! Derivan has created these project-based kit that will have you painting eye-catching artwork with everything supplied, all you need to do is sit down relax and paint following the easy to follow steps.



Check our range of watercolour brushes available in natural sable which ahs a natural springiness and durability or our refillable brushes that are perfect to use with watercolour pencils 



The Derivan Leakproof Watercolour Palette Travel Paint Trays are perfect for beginners and professionals alike. They have multiple mixing areas so that you can paint with watercolours or Gouache.

The Derivan palettes keep your paint fresh as this paint tray palette has an airtight silicone seal on the lid, which is excellent for keeping the colour pans moist and easy to clean. 

 Keep your colours tidy and organized, great for Plein air travelling trips..

Available in 16 wells, 18 wells and the jumbo 33 wells 


Tips and tricks


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