Derivan / Derivan Watercolour

Derivan Watercolour




Available in 12ml Tubes

Manufactured using traditional methods and carefully stone milled to enhance and retain the luminous nature of each pigment selected, Derivan Watercolours are now 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 the interplay of light and colour, and also 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.

Artists testimonials using Derivan Watercolours

Artists testimonials using Derivan Watercolours

Pigments in Derivan watercolours

We have experimented with pigment 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 strength of colour and exceptional brilliance, which have the highest permanence ratings. Our colours are classified as ASTM I or ASTM II, 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 plays 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.