Since 1964 Derivan has been committed to providing the arts community with the world's finest-quality artist acrylic colours and mediums. The founders of the company had a vision "to make available to artists worldwide a premium paint, whilst remaining environmentally and socially responsible". This was to be achieved while still maintaining the quality and personal touch that only a family company can provide. Derivan have succeeded in just that, and they have consequently grown from a tiny affair (operating out of stables in Sydney's inner city) to the multinational operation that it is today. With manufacturing sites spanning 3 continents, they have not lost sight of the fact that at the end of the day, they are here to provide the finest products that can be made, guided by the requirements of their customers. This is their promise to you, the artist, and is realised in the Matisse range of premium acrylics and mediums, all made to the highest standards to ensure not only the most brilliant and pure results, but a safety in the knowledge that your work will not crack, fade, or change over time in any way.
  • Matisse Mm28 Polymer Satin Varnish NZD $31.60
    MM28 Polymer Satin Varnish is used as a final varnish over a dried, well-cured acrylic painting when a satin or very mid level sheen is required (and the use of MM29 Satin Varnish(turps-based) is not appropriate).Polymer water-based varnishes may appear to be slightly hazy whilst in solution. This is an optical effect produced by light refraction of acrylic particles suspended within the water-based medium. The effect disappears when the film is dry. As acrylics dry very rapidly, care should be taken to apply varnish pre-diluted with water. Polymer Varnish, applied in very thick layers on a hot day, could trap moisture,resulting in a cloudy film which would be very difficult to correct.... more »
  • Matisse Fluid Acrylics NZD $23.50 - $88.70
    Matisse Fluid Acrylics, have a very smooth, runny but slightly dense viscosity. Being highly pigmented, the colours will appear dark and intense on initial application but can be spread easily with a brush or mixed with water to reveal the colour graduation. The intensity of the colour is what makes Matisse Fluid ideal for tinting. the consistency allows precise drop-by-drop addition to any of the Matisse range of acrylic paints and the precise ratio of tint to paint can be easily replicated. 135ml bottle... more »
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  • Matisse Landscape Set NZD $176.60
    This set provides all the colours that you as the artist need to create a great landscape. Rich vibrant browns provide the perfect company for the array of greens and yellows to create the ideal foreground, while the addition of Titanium White will allow you to create the low-key backgrounds regularly employed in landscape painting. The Matisse highly pigmented Phthalo Blue will provide a great base for the skies, and will give you even more range in your colour choices.... more »
  • Matisse Portrait Set NZD $176.60
    This set includes the colours traditionally used by painters. Some of these colours have been enhanced purely for portrait painting. For example, the often used Raw Sienna has been superseded by a purpose developed Skin Tone Mid which will allow further mixing and development of colours than would be possible with a traditional Raw Sienna. Yellow Oxide and Matisse Red Light in the set allows you to bring vibrancy to the brightest areas of colour within the face, for the ears, cheeks, nose and lips. Together with the inclusion of the brilliant Phthalo Green all eye colour are achievable. With the strength of the colour in this set, mixed with Titanium White, you will achieve the perfect highlight colour for the forehead area of your portraits. In the case of darker flesh tones, mix a touch of Ultramarine Blue.... more »
  • Matisse MM31 Open Medium NZD $31.60
    Mix with Matisse Structure to slow drying time. Optimal for painting outdoors or in particularly hot weather, MM31 Open Medium allows the paint to be blended on the painting surface for longer. Artists will be delighted with the way this medium makes their paint handle, so smooth and buttery. Be surprised by the glowing satin finish that this medium imparts to the paints. 250ml... more »
  • Liquid Pencil Set NZD $43.30 Out of Stock
    Liquid Pencil is an innovative new product that allows you to create authentic graphite pencil effects and pencil sketches using a liquid. This set contains all six graphite shades, each in both a permanent and "rewettable" formula. Each shade has a definite graphite colour, however, in addition to neutral grey there are coloured shades with distinct undertones such as blue, yellow, red, and sepia to allow a great range of options for artists. ... more »
  • Liquid Pencil NZD $23.40
    Liquid Pencil is a revolutionary new product that allows artists to create an authentic graphite finish from a liquid rather than a pencil.... more »
  • Matisse Mm29 Satin Varnish (turps-based) NZD $37.70 - $64.50 2 items
  • Matisse Dry Mediums NZD $9.40 - $17.50
    Derivan has explored an extensive variety of minerals and man-made additives before finalising their selection of Matisse Dry Mediums. Many of them provide magnificent textural effects, never previously achievable. Others fulfill a more specific function.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm15 Matt Varnish (turps-based) NZD $37.70 - $64.50 2 items
  • Matisse Mm14 Hi-Gloss Varnish (turps-based) NZD $37.70 - $64.50 2 items
  • Matisse Mm9 Painting Medium NZD $29.70 - $91.20
    Pure acrylic binder is used in formulating Matisse and acts as the principal paint diluent when not using water. Acrylic painting medium with its low sheen and good adhesion make it a suitable transparent primer or surface conditioner for canvas, paper or board, Use Acrylic painting medium to increase binding capacity when reducing paint with water.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm8 Spreader Medium NZD $29.70 - $91.20
    Spreader Medium is a water soluble paint lubricant with unusual flow characteristics and strong moisture retention properties. It dries to a clear, transparent finish and is most useful in glazing techniques.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm7 Poly Gloss Varnish NZD $31.70 - $101.60 2 items
  • Matisse Mm6 Poly Matte Varnish NZD $31.70 - $101.60
    This is a varnish which dries to a flat (matt) finish. It should be pre-diluted with water in order to achieve good brush control. The addition of water will also assist in levelling of the varnish and slow down its rapid drying effect. Polymer Matt Varnish is a non-yellowing pure acrylic resin suspended in water. It dries to a touch, pliable, water resistant film.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm5 Matte Medium NZD $29.70 - $91.20
    A water-resistant, quick drying, flexible binder which dries to a flat "matt" finish. Contains selected materials which counteract the low sheen of pure Matisse Acrylic Colours.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm4 Gel Medium NZD $31.70 - $101.60
    Gel Medium is a thick buttery acrylic gel which when mixed with Matisse Acrylic Colours will result in a rich high gloss textured glaze. Over artwork or prints it will dry completely transparent, and non-yellowing, if applied in layers no thicker than 3mm resulting in a textured or brush stroke finish. Used on glass it will give a clear finish while distorting the view through the glass.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm26 Transparent Gesso NZD $29.70 - $91.00
    Matisse Transparent Gesso may be used by itself to give a translucent (not clear) under-painting primer with excellent tooth. It has been formulated to be mixed with Matisse Background Colours to give the perfect balance of "tooth" for supports such as canvas, paper and wood and for over-painting acrylic, watercolour, oils and alkyds. It has been especially formulated as a high tooth primer for pastel, oil pastel, charcoal and graphite. It is non-yellowing and flexible.... more »
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  • Matisse Mm24 Iridescent Medium NZD $37.70 - $139.90 2 items
  • Matisse Mm25 Black Gesso NZD $37.20 - $169.95 3 items
  • Matisse Mm20 Patina (water-based) NZD $29.80 - $91.20 2 items
  • Matisse Mm16 Marbling Gel NZD $29.70 - $91.20 2 items
  • Matisse Mm2 Impasto NZD $29.70 - $91.20 2 items
  • Matisse Mm19 Poly-U-Gloss Varnish NZD $48.80 - $182.70 2 items

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