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Derivan Acrylic

See also Derivan Watercolour

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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.

Although Derivan Acrylic is a single price across the range, the 24 colours available, including uniquely Australian colours, cover the full spectrum demanded by artists. Derivan Acrylic can be used in combination with the Derivan Painting Mediums range, or, for a wider choice of mediums, the Matisse Mediums range. Derivan Acrylic 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.

The full range of Derivan Acrylic is available in 75ml metal tubes, 250ml wide mouth jars and 1 Litre bottles.

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

Derivan Acrylic: ...a colour system.

Our Artist Acrylic Paints have always been popular. We at Derivan are always looking at ways to better our products and we’ve done just that with this product. We have re-evaluated some of the formulas and integrated them into a new colour system range.
This new system includes, not only acrylic paint, but also watercolour and oil paints (soon to be available). As part of this system, the Derivan Acrylic colours range are consistent across other two different syle media, watercolours and oils.

Why a consistent range of colours across three different types of paint? This can be particularly useful when creating a mixed media project with single colours, or for oil painters who prefer to lay down acrylic layers before adding oil paint. It also encourages artists to experiment with colours they like but in different formulations.

All Derivan Acrylics are also packaged in new lightweight metal tubes. Plastic tubes tend to revert to their previous shape after squeezing, sucking air back into the tube. Over time, this can cause the acrylic paint to thicken. Metal tubes maintain their “squeezed” shape which also minimises exposure to air and allows the artist to flatten the tube and access the last remnants of paint.
So while we’ve updated the tube, we’ve maintained our clear flip-top cap and a dried sample of the actual paint colour will feature on the labels of each tube.

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

Colour Mixing

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

Clean Up

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

Removal of paint stains

As Derivan Acrylic is a professional grade paint, it is difficult to remove from clothing when dried. We advise washing stains out immediately with cold water and household soap, taking care not to spread the stain.
Dry stains will need to be soaked overnight in lukewarm soapy water. Do not use hot water, chemical solvents, or thinners.

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Lightfastness and Permanence

Lightfastness is the paint’s ability to hold its colour (or not fade) over time due to the actions of prolonged exposure to light that can cause a chemical change in the pigment. Ultraviolet light, which is one of the most destructive wavelengths, can take its toll very quickly on pigments that are not lightfast.
Permanency is the intrinsic chemical stability of pigments in relation to chemical or environmental factors including light, heat, water, acids, mold, etc.

The lightfastness of paint is rated or measured by several different standards, however the most popular are:

  • ASTM (ASTM International): ASTM 4303(*) is a procedure or standard for rating artist pigments. Ratings range from ASTM I to ASTM V, with pigments that are rated ASTM I being considered to have excellent lightfast qualities (pigments will remain unchanged for more than 100 years) and those rated ASTM III-V being considered impermanent or fugitive (not deemed for artistic use).

  • BWS (Blue Wool Scale): The Blue Wool Scale originated to compare the lightfastness of dyes for treating fabrics. The scale ranges from BWS 8 (excellent lightfastness) to BWS 1 (fugitive).


For a paint to be considered artist quality, it should be lightfast or permanent, with a rating of ASTM I or ASTM II and/or a BWS rating of 8-7 or BWS 6
Derivan Acrylic pigments are all rated either ASTM I or ASTM II which means they are permanent.

(*)ASTM4303 - Standards test methods for Lightfastness of Colourants Used in Artists’ Materials. It describes the industry accepted standards for conducting lightfastness tests with sunlight, fluorescent lights, a xenon arc fadeometer, cool white fluorescent lamps or fluorescent UV lamps.


Health and Safety

Derivan Acrylic range 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 Acrylic range 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.


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