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Matisse Derivan Create Your Color Contest! Win a trip for 2 to Australia!

$10,000+ In Prizes!

  • Grand Prize: Trip for 2 to Australia valued at over $7,000*
  • Top 5 Entrants Will Recieve: $250 eGift Card
  • Top 20 Entrants Will Recieve: $100 eGift Card
  • All Entrants will Receive: $10 egift card just for participating
    (Limit 1 entry and 1 $10 egift card per participant.)

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What is this contest all about?

Have you ever wondered, "Why don't they already make this color? I'm constantly having to mix it myself, and it sure would be convenient if I could buy it right off the shelf."

We want to solve that problem, but we need the help of artists like you! "Create Your Color" using any brand or combination of brands of acrylic paints for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Australia* valued at over $7,000, sponsored by Jerry's Artarama and Matisse Derivan*.

Matisse is the maker of Australia's premier line of acrylic paints. They will be manufacturing the top 5 colors chosen by this contest to be sold exclusively on the Jerry's Artarama web site!

How do I enter the contest?

Make sure you have all of the following items prepared, then click the button to the left and fill out the contest entry form.

1 Photo of the color swatch for your created color.

1 Photo of whatever inspired you to create your color.

1 Photo of a piece of artwork you painted using your color.

Brief Description of why this color is important and what inspired you to create it (see the example below).

Detailed List of all colors used to mix your custom color. Please include brand name, color name, and any pigment numbers or other identifying features found on the paint tubes.

Optional Video ... If you so choose, you can also create a video that shows you mixing/making your color with an explanation of how and why it was created. Upload your video to youtube, then copy the link to the video and paste it into the contest entry form.

How are the winners determined?

After entries have been submitted on the Jerry's web site, the color swatches will be posted to Facebook where our fan community will have the chance to vote on their favorites.

10 Colors will be chosen by community vote on Facebook.

10 Colors will be chosen by jury.

Top 20 Colors will be reviewed by a separate jury of professional artists who will narrow it down to the top 5 colors.

Top 5 Colors will be manufactured by Matisse Derivan in Australia and will be offered for sale on the Jerry's Artarama web site.

Grand Prize Winner will be determined by sales. Whichever of the top 5 colors sells the best over the first 8 months of availability will be the winner of the trip for 2 to Australia.

What is the timeline for the contest?

January 9th - May 2nd, 2014

Create Your Color Contest submissions are accepted on the Jerry's Artarama web site (see submission form below).

May 2nd, 2014

Last day to submit your entry to the Create Your Color Contest.

May 13th - June 2nd, 2014

Voting occurs on the Jerry's Artarama web site.

June 3rd - June 8th, 2014

10 Finalists are chosen by the community popular vote.

10 Finalists are chosen by jury.

June 9th, 2014

Top 20 Finalists are announced.

June 10th - June 15th, 2014

Top 20 Finalists are reviewed by a separate jury of professional artists.

June 25th

Top 5 Finalists are announced.

* Contest Details

GRAND PRIZE DETAILS: Trip to Australia is awarded to the winner whose color has the most sales during the first 8 months of availability. Receipt of trip may take up to a year or longer depending on manufacturing time and sales of the top five colors.

The value of grand prize may vary due to unforeseen circumstances. Certain restrictions apply. Prizes are non-transferrable and contest is subject to change without prior notice.

SUBMIT YOUR COLOR: Preferred method of submission is via the online entry form on the official "Create Your Color" contest page. Mail-in submissions are also acceptable.

RULES: Everyone can enter. No purchase necessary. Certain restrictions apply.

VOTING BEGINS: May 5th, 2014. Top 20 Finalists announced May 20th, 2014. Top 5 Finalists announced May 23rd, 2014. Spread the word & share, plus get your votes in!

ELIGIBILITY: The "Create Your Color" Contest is open to residents of the United States and Australia only. Not available where prohibited by law.

All prizes exclude employees of Jerry's Artarama Management Corporation, its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, related companies and advertising and promotion agencies, and the families and/or household members of each of the above.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Entries are limited to one per person and one per email address per "Create Your Color" Contest.


Sample "Create Your Color" Contest Entry

Plein Air Green

Plein Air Green

Created by Dan Nelson

Color Maker by Dan Nelson

"Plein Air Green" by Dan Nelson

If an artist is painting a spring or Summer landscape, he or she is likely to pick up a tube of Permanent Green Light, Sap Green, Phthalo Green or Viridian, etc. Each of those colors is SO intense, they need to be heavily mixed with Red or Orange or Burnt Sienna to tone them down. That is the concept behind "Plein Air Green".


Why factory mixed colours have a place on your palette

When artists first learn to mix colours there is a very high likelihood their masters will restrict their pallet to 6 or 8 colours. Generally it is believed that using single pigment colours for this limited pallet range is best - as the single pigment colours will give the brightest secondary and tertiary mixes - however once the artist moves on and develops their own individual pallet they will find their pallets expanding - some times for particular aspects of their work (i.e. a set of colours for portraits might be quite different to what the same artist will use for landscapes And with a broader pallet comes the requirement for a broader range of colours. Many of these will be "blended pigments" or factory mixed colours - probably the most obvious reason for using a factory mixed colour is convenience and consistency. However there is more to it - Firstly due to the simple fact that during the manufacturing process the pigments can be dispersed evenly and completely a task that may not be totally achievable by hand. Nor can complete dispersion always be safely achieved post-manufacture, without the possibility of adversely effecting the acrylic emulsions. Also in many cases blends are made from otherwise un-obtainable pigments/colours. There are many pigments that are not used as single pigment colours. There are various reasons for this - some pigment colours are too close to other colours in the spectrum so although slightly different they are not different enough to warrant their own "line" or it might be that they have a wonderful undertone - however the top tone is quite "uninspiring". However the synergy in mixing some of these colours together can result in an amazing and brilliant colour.

For instance the Matisse colour Australian sienna is one which is made up predominantly of a yellow earth pigment that would not normally be used by itself and certainly not purely for a sienna as it is to "yellow" however it is then given a rich gold undertone with a yellow pigment complimented with a small amount of red to give a golden glow - the resulting colour is one that literally could not be achieved by mixing other colours - but of itself is a stunning multi toned colour.

Steven Patterson
Chief Executive Officer
Matisse Derivan