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Techniques


There's so much more you can do with Derivan paints and mediums! Here are some techniques and other support information to get you started...

Hue, Chroma, Tint, Shade and Tone

Although colour is the basic component of art, it is a more complex concept that it may seem. Find out more...

Airbrushing

Matisse Flow paint can deliver great results through an airbrush with minimal dilution. Find out how...

Antiquing

The process of ageing a project to look old and time-worn - perfect for picture frames or wooden furniture!

Cracking

Intentionally cracking paint to expose a second layer underneath can produce some striking visual effects, and is easy to accomplish with Matisse Background Colours and Derivan Cracking Medium.

Decoupage & Photo Image Transfers

Discover why MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish is a decoupage artist's best friend.

Fabric Painting

It is possible to apply Matisse colours to the vast majority of fabrics without the addition of any mediums. But here are some helpful hints for best results.

Floating

Floating is a technique commonly used by folk artists to provide a quick and easy graduated shading (or highlighting) to a project.

Marbling (faux finish)

Not to be confused with marbelising, marbling is the effect of using paint to make a surface look like marble. You'd be suprising how realistic it can look with this simple step-by-step guide.

Rag Rolling

This beautiful effect is best on walls or a flat surface to create a modern, warm, soft painted finish.

Silk Screen Printing

Did you know you can use all your existing Matisse paints as printing inks? Here's how, and no toxic solvents involved!

Smooshing

If you want to get a beautifully soft, light, dry brush finish, try this technique which has taken the decorative painting world by storm.

Stippling

Stippling is a technique commonly used to create fur, and other 'fluffy' items using a special brush called a Stipple, Deerfoot or Badger Blender brush.

Surface Preparation

Any paint is only as good as the foundation on which it is applied. This guide discusses some common surfaces and how/if they should be treated.

Varnishing

A clear coat of varnish on top of your artwork will help to bring out the full intensity and beauty of the pigments, as well as providing resistance to many sources of degradation. Here's all you need to know.

Watercolour Techniques

Traditional watercolour techniques can be achieved easily with Matisse colours. Here's what you need to know.

What Product Should I Use?

If you're not sure which of our paints is best for you, this page will be helpful.