Matisse Derivan: The Company, The Acrylics, The Vision


Matisse Derivan, Australia's leader in Acrylic paints has long been special in the eyes of it's patrons. Since 1964, Derivan has been striving to offer not only a wide variety of high quality, high pigmented acrylics, but also be environmentally friendly and socially conscious. And from their humble beginnings starting out in Sydney's inner city to the Multinational company they are today, they still continue to reach that goal.

Pattersons Philosopy

Offering a unique take with their Matisse acrylic line, Derivan has done things a little different from most acrylic paint lines. They take special care to choose their pigments, and add in lots of them. Then, unlike most companies, they refuse to add extra gloss to their colors. The philosophy behind this, explains Derivan's President Steven Patterson is "to try and matte a glossy paint down means that you'll dull the intensity of the color", and why would you do that if you worked so hard to find the perfect color to begin with? The Matisse line also offers some of the most hard to find colors at the best valued price.

  • 96 Different Colors                                                                 
  • Several Unique Australian Colors
  • High Viscosity and Heavy Body
  • Perfect for large, expressive strokes


Giving Back

On top of being a giant in the Sydney art scene, Derivan is also very community focused. They don't add in any sort of fragrance or masking agents to their paints like some companies. The company also gives ten percent of their annual net profits to local charities, school sponsorships and art programs.

Environmentally, the company has taken many initiatives as Patterson believes that his employees "go home as healthy as when they came in". They have developed a water reclaiming initiative where they recycle their primary cleaning water. They also utilize the architecture of their manufacturing facility in a way that incorporates cross-breezes instead of air-conditioning and focuses highly on natural lighting instead of artificial lighting. On top of this, the company is even developing a bike to work program that Patterson himself takes place in. The company also wants their customers to participate in their program and has a mail in recycling program where the customers can return certain containers for re-use. The company encourages this by sending out fun prizes like bicycles for used paint containers.

The balanced philosophy of Patterson and Derivan to provide the finest quality acrylic paints as well as be both environmentally and socially responsible is proving why this company is not only the industry leader in acrylics, but one of the fastest growing global artist paint companies. And artists have responded extremely positive to this philosophy and their great products. Professional Artist Andy Russell had this to say:

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look and Matisse Flow Acrylics for the smooth, highly detailed results. They are also excellent for covering large areas...I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylics. I highly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter, to experience these paints for themselves."

We agree Andy, We agree!


The Man Behind the Best Acrylics Steven Patterson, President,


Don't Let Summer Storms Slow You Down!

The summer weather here at Jerry's Artarama has been full of rainy days!

For many parents, summertime is an amazing chance to make lasting memories with their children. And if you're in an area where it rains during the summer, you know that it's easy for children to waste time sitting in front of the television or playing video games. Instead, why not spend that time to getting creative?

Making art together during the summer is an exciting way to inspire your child's imagination and to engage them in a stimulating activity. Whether it is drawing with colored pencils, painting abstract pieces with watercolors, or building sculptures and models, these will be mementos you can keep with you for years to come. If you want a one-stop shop for lots of different projects that meet your child's artistic aspirations, try out the First Impressions Complete Art Studio Set which features watercolors, colored pencils and pastels, all in a convenient carrying case.

Their childhood won't be around forever, but your memories can be!

When you pick up the paintbrush with your child, not only are you encouraging a positive activity that will drive their creativity and imagination, but you are physically creating something that you can save that will be around to remind you of the good times you're having together. Remember, their childhood wont be around forever.

   As your child grows and enters adulthood, won't it be nice to have some of their artwork preserved to hold onto and savor.Make sure to keep that artwork safe in an Eternity Clamshell Box. You can look back at the rainy day art work and show them and their children someday the masterpieces you made together.

On these stormy days don't waste the precious time you have with your children. Instead, make memories you'll want to keep forever.

What artistic memories will you make with your children this summer? Let us know in the comments below!


A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Pam Carriker

Professional mixed media artist, Pam Carriker, uses her own product line with Derivan to create art journal pages!



You can use any kind of printed paper for this step. Let the journal page sing a song of your recent ideas & experiences! Adhere some collage material to the watercolor paper using Mixed-Media Adhesive and let dry.

*Note: Try to use personal collage materials. A few items you might want to consider would be written letters, kids' homework or office waste. This will add a more personal meaning to your pages!



2. Use Matisse Low Viscosity Gesso as a wash (1:1 :: gesso:water) to unify the collage. Be careful not to cover text that you want to show through.



Use a sponge brush and Liquid Pencil Ink: Permanent to stencil a design on the background.I like using the Liquid Pencil for this because of the soft graphite-look that doesn't overpower the page.



Use acrylic ink spray bottles to spray over masks. Blend out spray with a baby wipes.



To add a sketched face to the page, use a Face Map stencil and Liquid Pencil Ink: Rewettable. Use a stencil brush, Style Stix or even a makeup sponge to apply it over the stencil. Let dry.



Use a blending stump to blend out the lines on the face. Liquid Pencil is real graphite, so it will blend using a stump much like a pencil sketch will. You can also use a kneaded eraser to blend and lift the Liquid Pencil.

*Note: To intensify the shading, use a wet brush on the Liquid Pencil and move it around to your liking.



Continue to add Sheer Acrylic paint (or very thin washes of acrylic paints) around design elements to help them pop from the page.



Use acrylic paint, sponge brush and stencils to add texture to the background.



Use a stencil or draw a color wheel onto both the pages and onto a piece of paper. Cut out the wheel on the paper and adhere part of it to the wheels drawn on the page using Mixed Media Adhesive.



Add watercolor washes and/or water-soluble pencil to the page around certain elements. In color wheel designs, let the paint puddle sit for a minute then blot with a paper towel. The Mixed Media Adhesive allows for fine media like watercolors and even sketching to be done on top of the collage background.



Use a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush Pen to color around objects on the page and activate the pens India ink with a wet brush, moving it around and let dry. It will be permanent when completely dry.



Use Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink:Permanent and a stencil brush to pounce over a small stencil design.




Add dots of Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink:Permanent direct from the nozzle tip to the gear element and let dry. Burnish all permanent Liquid Pencil to a sheen with a bone folder tool or a soft cloth. I love how the dots look like nail heads or brads.



Use a pencil type eraser and erase areas where you used the Rewettabe Liquid Pencil to create highlights as I did here in the eyes. Liquid Pencil rewettable can be erased, lifted with water, blended with a blending stump and just about anything you can do with a regular pencil, with the addition to being able to use it like paint.



Use Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens to add finishing details and journaling.

For more information, check out Pam's YouTube video about this specific project!


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