Art Spectrum Artists’ Watercolours Professional Quality

In accordance with proven traditional methods of production, all Art Spectrum Artists’ Watercolours are carefully stone milled to enhance the individual brilliance of each carefully selected pigment, and to maximize its handling qualities.

Art Spectrum watercolours have the distinct advantage of being composed only of lightfast pigments - for instance, Alizarin Crimson is not offered in our range because it is known to be fugitive. We have replaced this colour with a lightfast Permanent Crimson.

Art Spectrum watercolours have a very high pigment content and thus give stronger tints and clean mixes, resulting in outstanding value for money.

Art Spectrum Watercolour Sets

Sets of assorted watercolours provide a range of the most useful and popular colours for artists, whether beginners or advanced. The Landscape set introduces the unique Australian landscape watercolours, plus useful standard colours.

Sets are packed in attractive cardboard boxes and practical wooden work boxes.

Art Spectrum Masking Fluid

A rubber latex solution which is painted over any dry area you wish to keep free of colour. Allow the masking fluid to dry before over-painting. Peel or rub off with fingers or suitable eraser when paint is dry.

Art Spectrum Synthetic Ox Gall

A traditional wetting agent that enhances the flow of watercolour and gouache. It improves adhesion on less absorbent surfaces and will clean greasy finger marks from paper prior to painting.

Add a drop or two to the water that is used to dampen the paper.

Art Spectrum Gum Arabic

Gum Arabic is the binder for watercolour. It is also used as a medium to help keep diluted watercolours from sinking below absorbent surfaces. Gum Arabic gives a crisp appearance to watercolour edges. It increases transparency and gloss and controls spread when overpainting wet on wet.

Water Colour Sets

Water Colour Mediums

Brushes

A sufficient quantity of good quality brushes should be considered from the outset as they are essential for successful and creative watercolour painting. With reasonable care, well made brushes will maintain their usefulness and paint handling capability over many years. Kolinsky Sable and Kazan Squirrel are the most sought after natural hair brushes.

There are also many mixed hair and synthetic imitation brushes of fine quality to choose from. Different sizes and brush shapes (round, flat, fine and broad) all help to achieve smooth and irregular washes, unusual textures and fine detail. See our Brushes page for a full range.

Paper

Select acid free archival paper made from 100% rag or cotton for permanent watercolour painting. Handmade ‘rag’ papers offer many textural possibilities, are very strong and offer excellent longevity. Cotton and cotton mixture papers have smooth, medium and rough surfaces to choose from. 300gsm and higher weight papers (eg: 600gsm) are ideal for most watercolour techniques.

Art Spectrum Colourfix™ Papers

Colourfix™ Papers are sheets of 300gsm acid free hot pressed watercolour paper, screen printed with Art Spectrum Colourfix™ Primer. With 16 dense, lightfast colours, Colourfix Paper with its fine tooth, offers the watercolourist the opportunity to try different techniques with ease. Using gouache and watercolours, many stunning effects are possible on coloured backgrounds.

Art Spectrum Artists' Watercolour Chart

Lemon Yellow
Lemon Yellow
S1 ***
ASTM II Semi-transparent

Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cadmium Yellow Pale
S4 ****
ASTM I Opaque St Warning

Spectrum Yellow
Spectrum Yellow
(Cadmium Yellow Hue)
S1 ***
BWS 7 Semi-transparent St

Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
S4 ****
ASTM I Opaque St Warning
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Yellow Deep
S4 ****
ASTM I Opaque St Warning

Aureolin
Aureolin
S4 ***
ASTM II Transparent St

Permanent Gamboge
Permanent Gamboge
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent

Permanent Indian Yellow
Permanent Indian Yellow
S3 ***
BWS 7-8 Transparent
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Orange
S4 ****
ASTM I OpaqueWarning
Permanent Orange
Permanent Orange
S3 ***
ASTM II Semi-transparent
Coral
Coral
S3 ***
BWS 7-8 Semi-transparent
Vermilion Permanent
Vermilion Permanent
S3 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent St
Spectrum Red
Spectrum Red
(Cadmium Red Hue)
S1 ***
BWS 6-7 Opaque
Cadmium Red
Cadmium Red
S4 ****
ASTM I OpaqueWarning
Brilliant Red
Brilliant Red
S3 ***
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Cadmium Red Deep
Cadmium Red Deep
S4 ****
ASTM I OpaqueWarning
Pilbara Red
Pilbara Red
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent
Spectrum Crimson
Spectrum Crimson
(Alizarin Hue)
S1 ****
ASTM I Transparent St
Permanent Crimson
Permanent Crimson
(Alizarin Hue)
S3 ***
BWS 6-7 Transparent
Rose Madder
Rose Madder
(Permanent Hue)
S4 ****
ASTM I Transparent
Permanent Rose
Permanent Rose
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent St
Permanent Magenta
Permanent Magenta
S3 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent St
Thio Violet
Thio Violet
(Flinders Red)
S3 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Cobalt Violet
Cobalt Violet
S4 ****
ASTM I Transparent Gr Warning
Ultramarine Violet
Ultramarine Violet
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent
Permanent Mauve
Permanent Mauve
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent St
Mineral Violet
Mineral Violet
(Flinders Blue)
S3 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
French Ultramarine
French Ultramarine
S3 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Ultramarine Blue
Ultramarine Blue
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Cobalt Blue
Cobalt Blue
S4 ****
ASTM I OpaqueWarning
Spectrum Blue
Spectrum Blue
(Cobalt Blue Hue)
S1 ***
ASTM II Semi-transparent St
Prussian Blue
Prussian Blue
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent St
Indigo Blue
Indigo Blue
S1 ***
ASTM II Semi-transparent St
Phthalo Blue
Phthalo Blue
S1 ***
ASTM II Transparent St
Antwerp Blue
Antwerp Blue
S1 ****
ASTM I Transparent
Cerulean Blue
Cerulean Blue
S4 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Tasman Blue
Tasman Blue
S3 ****
ASTM I Opaque
Australian Turquoise
Australian Turquoise
S4 ****
ASTM I Opaque Gr
Viridian
Viridian
S4 ****
ASTM I Transparent Gr
Phthalo Green
Phthalo Green
S1 ****
ASTM I Transparent St
Australian Leaf Green Dark
Australian Leaf Green Dark
S3 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Olive Green Permanent
Olive Green Permanent
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent St, Gr
Hookers Green Permanent
Hookers Green Permanent
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent St
Oxide of Chromium
Oxide of Chromium
S3 ****
ASTM I Opaque St
Australian Green Gold
Australian Green Gold
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent
Sap Green Permanent
Sap Green Permanent
S3 ****
ASTM I Transparent St
Australian Grey
Australian Grey
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque Gr
Naples Yellow
Naples Yellow
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque
Naples Yellow Reddish
Naples Yellow Reddish
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque
Yellow Ochre
Yellow Ochre
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque Gr
Raw Sienna Light #2
Raw Sienna Light #2
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Raw Sienna
Raw Sienna
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Sienna
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Australian Red Gold
Australian Red Gold
S3 ***
BWS 7-8 Transparent Gr
Light Red
Light Red
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque

Indian Red
Indian Red
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque

Raw Umber
Raw Umber
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Burnt Umber
Burnt Umber
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Mars Violet
Mars Violet
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque
Warm Sepia
Warm Sepia
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Sepia
Sepia
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Paynes Grey
Paynes Grey
S1 ***
ASTM II Semi-transparent St
Neutral Tint
Neutral Tint
S3 ***
ASTM II St
Ivory Black
Ivory Black
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent Gr
Lamp Black
Lamp Black
S1 ****
ASTM I Semi-transparent
Chinese White
Chinese White
S1 ****
ASTM I Opaque
       

Key to Label Information

Products bearing the AP seal of ACMI are certified in a program of toxicological evaluation to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans or cause chronic health problems.

Lightfastness
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) ratings, conforming to standard D4236, have been used wherever possible. ASTM I and II are both regarded as permanent for artists’ use. Where ASTM have not tested a pigment, the internationally recognised Blue Wool Scale (BWS) ratings are used. BWS 7 & 8 are regarded as extremely permanent, BWS 6 is regarded as permanent.

Permanence
This indicates colours that have been tested for lightfastness in graded washes from full strength to pale dilutions, taking into account the quality of the binder and any chemical interaction between pigments and their environment.
Permanence rating:
Excellent ****
Very good ***

Products bearing the CL Health label (ACMI) are certified to be properly labeled in a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert.

Price groups: S1, S2, S3, S4 St: Staining colour
Gr: Granulating colour
NT: Not Tested by ASTM

Transparent Transparent colour
Semi-transparent Semi-transparent colour
Opaque Opaque colour

Warning WARNING: Do not spray apply Cadmium or Cobalt colours.
If swallowed seek medical advice. Keep out of reach of children.

Due to inherent differences in computer monitors, colours displayed above may not accurately represent the actual colour.

Our aim is to produce the finest, permanent artists' colours. Ongoing research and development may mean that specifications may change colour without prior notice. Refer to our website for more up to date information. Colours are as close as possible using modern printing techniques.

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