Low odor, water-based technology for brilliant lightfast colour.

Professional Level Paint

Spectrum: 100 Colours
Properties: Highly Pigmented, Water-based Technology
Finish: Matte
Caps: Standard cap ideal for detail work or filling in; skinny caps and fat caps also available
Size: 400ml

Introducing Liquitex Professional Spray Paint, a stunning innovation developed for professional artists. Combining artist grade pigments with revolutionary water-based technology, Liquitex Professional Spray Paint offers colour brilliance, lightfastness and durability in a unique low odor formulation.

• Lightfast
• Water-Based Technology
• Low Odour
• Durable and Permanent
• Colour Brilliance
• Matches Liquitex Colour Spectrum
• Professional Quality
• Versatile
• For Use on Multiple Surfaces



• Large-scale artwork
• Intermixing with acrylics
• Outdoor and Indoor murals
• Underpainting
• Stenciling
• Mixed Media


Spray Paint Features

Low odor, water-based technology for brilliant lightfast colour.

Low Odor

Using innovative water-based technology, Liquitex Professional Spray Paint has the unique benefit of being low odor and does not carry the skin or eye irritant warnings associated with other spray paints.

Liquitex Professional Spray Paint can be cleaned up with water when wet (permanent when dry), making it ideal for both indoor commissions and for use within an educational environment.
For further information see the FAQs section.

Durable & Permanent

Liquitex Professional Spray Paint provides the same vibrancy, permanence and performance that Liquitex is known for, while delivering the high coverage and opacity demanded of spray paint. Liquitex Professional Spray Paint is rated to lightfastness I or II* and is formulated using the same artist grade pigments found in other Liquitex Professional ranges.

Unique water-based technology provides the ability to clean up with water when wet but is permanent and weather-proof when dry making it ideal for interior and exterior use.Versatile enough for almost any substrate, Liquitex Professional Spray Paint is suitable for use on canvas, wood, masonry and even glass.

*except the fluorescents

Intermixes with Liquitex Acrylics

Liquitex Professional Spray Paint can be used on its own and with other Liquitex ranges including acrylics, mediums and varnishes for maximum versatility. Experiment working wet on wet with Liquitex Heavy Body and Soft Body, or use Liquitex Professional Spray Paint as a foundation for your artwork.

Create a variety of effects using Liquitex mediums and ensure the artwork will stand the test of time by using a Liquitex Varnish to finish.

Colour Brilliance

With an extensive spectrum of 100 colours including transparents, iridescents and fluorescents, Liquitex Professional Spray Paint is formulated using artist grade pigments to ensure the cleanest and most brilliant colours possible.
50 colours are matched to the core Liquitex Heavy Body and Soft Body colours with additional hues added for a comprehensive colour system.

Unlike traditional acrylic paint, which can be mixed on a palette to achieve a desired shade, sprays are usually applied directly onto surfaces so black and white have been added to selected Liquitex colours to create a complete tonal range. The scale on the back of each can identifies the composition of each colour within this spectrum.

A core Liquitex colour falls in the middle of the scale:

1 – 4 indicates a hue which has had black added to achieve deeper shades of the core Liquitex colour:

5 – 8 indicates a hue which has had white added to achieve paler shades of the core Liquitex colour:

For more information on pigments, opacity and lightfastness ratings, see the
Liquitex Spray Paint Colour Chart.


New! Arches Oil (Arches Huile) paper is a French made 300 gsm (140 lb), 4 deckled edge paper specially formulated for oil painting, yet it maintains the look and feel of traditional Arches papers. The paper features a powerful & efficient oil barrier that absorbs water, solvents, and binders evenly while allowing the paint and pigment to remain on the surface. It is ready to use – No need to gesso; no preparation required!

Arches Oil Paper has an exceptionally tough surface that withstands heavy brushing with stiff bristle brushes. Also holds up well to palette knives as well as wet paint removal with turpentine and a rag. This new and revolutionary surface is essential for any professional oil painter looking to capture their oil painting on paper all while saving time. Professional Oil painters as well as Oil painting students will love the convenience and ease of use that this paper offers. Arches has created and manufactured professional artist papers in France since 1492. Click here to watch a video on Arches Oil.

• 100% cotton
• Ready to use – No need to gesso; no preparation required!
• Painting on Arches Oil paper is extremely convenient.
• Easy to store, easy to frame, lightweight to transport.
• 4 deckle edges and watermark.

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Cotman Water Colours are a range of water colours that are made to our normal high quality standards but costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives. With 35% OFF RRP when you buy 6 or more colours and up to 57% OFF Cotman sets now is a great time to buy!

The range consists of 40 colours in 8ml tubes, 21ml tubes and half pans which possess good transparency, excellent tinting strength and good working properties.


Costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives. Pigments derive from a number of sources: Some are natural products, notably the earths, eg. umbers, ochres; others come from metal compounds and are sometimes termed ‘traditional’ or ‘genuine’, eg. ultramarine.

The distillation of petroleum yields an ever widening range of organic pigments which are often termed as ‘modern’. Many of the pigments used in Cotman are organic.

Colour Range

The range of 40 colours are chosen according to mass tone (colour from tube), undertone (bias of colour when in a thin film), colour strength, relative opacity and the character of the pigment itself. The resultant colour spectrum ensures the largest number of colours can be mixed.

The Cotman Water Colour range has a more uniform consistency than the Artists’ Water Colour range and this benefits beginners as there is less to learn about each individual pigment. The Cotman Water Colour range also relates to the Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Colour range, e.g. Burnt Sienna in both ranges has the same hue. This enables artists to use colours from both ranges with minimal adjustment to their technique.


As water colour films are so thin all colours appear more or less transparent when painted onto paper. The pigments used in Cotman are also predominantly transparent.


As a general statement the traditional pigments granulate, e.g. earths, ultramarine. The modern organic pigments do not, e.g. Cotman hue colours. If you wish to avoid granulation in your painting, the use of distilled water can reduce it, particularly in very hard water areas.


Staining Cotman colour The modern organic pigments, e.g. Cotman hue colours, are made of very fine particles which cause them to stain the paper. The traditional colours e.g. earths, tend to lift from the paper more easily.



In Cotman Water Colour, AA and A are regarded as permanent for artists’ use. To be sure of the permanence of any colour, please refer to the ratings on the colour chart or Cotman tube/pan labels.


“Hue” means colour and indicates that a modern pigment has been used instead of the traditional one. For example, ‘Cadmium Red Pale Hue’ in Cotman Water Colour is a ‘colour of cadmium red pale’. A hue colour is not necessarily inferior.

Mixing Colours

Both Cotman and Artists’ Water Colours can be freely intermixed. If long term permanence is required with Cotman, use only colours rated AA or A which are recommended as permanent for artists’ use. The three primary colours in Cotman Water Colour are Lemon Yellow Hue, Ultramarine and Permanent Rose. If using a six colour mixing system we would recommend Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Ultramarine, Intense Blue, Permanent Rose and Cadmium Red Hue.

White in the Range

Traditionally the white of the paper provides the brilliance to water colour and can be used as highlights. However, some artists utilise Chinese White for highlights at the end of their painting or in dulling some colour mixtures down.

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After making the videos of Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolours being painted out, we have had a few customers ask what the difference between the blacks in the range are.

The answer is: Mars Black is more granulated and the most opaque one and Ivory Black appears with a fine shade of brown. Lamp Black is not granulated.

To illustrate this we have made a separate video of the blacks being painted out together so you can get a good idea of what they look like side by side.


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Apr 162012

We are constantly working on making improvements to our website to make it more user friendly and offer our customers an unbeatable shopping experience. We know that choosing colours can be difficult – especially online where all you can usually see is a small colour swatch – often with many colours looking the same. In order to help you out a bit we have started to make short videos of each colour being painted out to give you a much better idea of what the colours look like at different strengths.

So far we have done the full Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolour range and are currently working our way through Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolours. Eventually, we hope to upload videos of all our colour ranges.

As well as the videos, we have also put a lot more detailed information for each colour on the website. Just hover your mouse over the colour and you will see the RRP and stock level, as well as the colour properties such as lightfastness and permanence. We hope that all this extra information will make using our website an even better experience for you.

Hover your mouse over the colour to see the additional information. If there is a video, there will be a link at the bottom.


When you click on the video link, you will be able to see the colour being painted out.


We hope you all enjoy this new feature. If there are any other suggestions you would like to make as to how we could improve our site we would love to hear from you. Email us here.

Mar 162012

Imagine a world where drawing and painting work in harmony. Where you can create an abundance of different marks and textures and build up layers to create depth and thick dense opaque colour. Where you can draw and paint with the same medium and produce everything from light washes to deep, more heavily bodied texture: Welcome to the world of Artbar.

Derwent Artbar is all about mark making and texture. These highly pigmented water-soluble bars are extremely versatile and are perfect for expressive pieces showing off different marks and textures. They are suitable for large dramatic pieces with lively marks and shapes, but additionally and perhaps a little unexpecitdly, due to their triangular shape are also adaptable to adding in finer detail.


How to use Artbar

With all new products you need to experiment to get the feel of them. Try the following techniques to familiarise yourself with the qualities of Artbar and how it can be used.

  1. Try making as many different marks as you can with Artbar. Use different edges and sides and move the bars in different directions.
  2. Try blending and layering different colours. See how you can build up dense pigment and blend colours together. If you warm the layers of colour with warm air (breath) you can gently blend the colours with your finger.
  3. Explore the reaction when you add water, the difference in washes over light colour and dense colour. You can create some beautiful thick paint effects.
  4. See that marks you can make over the wet areas with a bar. You can use the bar to push the wet colour around and a wet bar to print texture from the side of a bar.
  5. Try building up surface texture by layering small scraps of Artbar on top of your drawing. Work into the surface with warm fingers and a little moisture.

Have a really good play around with the bars. Try layering over painted and dry areas and find out all the different textures you can make.



To enhance your creative work with Artbar Derwent have developed three handy accessories:


As an alternative water applicator try the Spritzer to spray water over the Artbar marks. Spray from a relatively long distance to mist over large areas to dampen your work instead of dipping your brush in water. Or get in close and spray into colour lines to make the pigment disperse.


A really useful tool for scratching into the surface of your drawing, the Scaper can be used to reveal underlying layers of colour when used upon dry Artbar marks. There are a variety of different scarping edges to choose from, including thin points, fat edges and a zigzag area.

Shave ‘n’ Save

If you want to shape your Artbar, the Shave ‘n’ Save allows you to both sharpen the bar and also collect the shavings for further use. You can sprinkle the shavings over your drawings and work them over the top of your image with your fingers and a bit of moisture to create an interesting textured surface.


Artbar Colour Range



Drawing a Landscape Using Derwent Artbars




New Catalogue

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Mar 022012

Our new catalogue is on its way out to all our UK customers and is bigger and better than ever. With 8 extra pages we have been able to add several new product lines for you to enjoy. For this cover we have chosen a nice summery painting Ken did in the early 70′s whilst on holiday in France. We hope you like it as much as we do :)

If you can’t wait for your catalogue to arrive, or you live outside the UK you can download a copy of the catalogue here.

When you buy any 6 or more Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Paints!


Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colour is unmatched for its purity, quality and reliability – a success which is reflected in its world-wide reputation amongst professional artists. It has 120 colours in the range, offering the widest spectrum of all the Winsor & Newton oil ranges.

Every Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colour is individually formulated to enhance each pigment’s natural characteristics and ensure stability of colour. By exercising maximum quality control throughout all stages of manufacture, selecting the most suitable drying oils and method of pigment dispersion, the unique individual properties of each colour are preserved.

Combined with over 170 years of manufacturing and quality control expertise, the formulation of Artist’s Oil Colour ensures the best raw materials are made into the World’s Finest Colours.

Artists’ Oil Colour uses the highest level of pigmentation consistent with the broadest handling properties. The quantity of pigment used provides covering power and tinting strength; leading to the saying “artists’ quality goes further”.

Feb 202012

Brian Ryder believes that if you only paint during the warmer summer months you are missing some great subjects and fabulous lighting conditions.  In this DVD he shows in five full demonstrations how to equip yourself for winter painting and how to simplify the scene so it can be captured in a single painting session of no longer than an hour and a half. Brian goes through his choice of colours for painting winter landscapes and offers plenty of encouragement as well as illuminating teaching. This DVD will make you want to don your woolly hat, grab your paints and set off into the great outdoors.


Merry Christmas!!

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Dec 222011

Christmas Opening Times

We are open between Christmas and New Year as normal, and you can order online at any time. Parcels will be sent out on the 28th, 29th and 30th December. We then reopen after New Year on the 3rd January 2012.

If you are still looking for a last minute gift but have left it a bit late, try an eVoucher. Send it anywhere at any time day or night, instantly, or send it to yourself and print it out to give to someone!


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