Matisse Structure Formula
Colours & Sizes
Click on any colour on the list below to display more detailed paint information and interesting historical facts and references. On each dedicated colour page, to help artists identify the opacity and transparency of Matisse Acrylic Colours, two ratings have been made available:
• Pigment Opacity Rating: this denotes the actual rating that would be given to the pigment particle (and the aggregate for blends) when studied at a macroscopic level or as described by the pigment manufacturer.
• Paint Opacity Rating: this rating describes the resultant opacity of the actual paint.
The lightfastness (permanency of colour or resistance to fading) in paint is rated by several different standards, however the most popular are:
— ASTM (ASTM International): ASTM ratings range from ASTM I to ASTM V, with pigments that are rated ASTM I being considered to have excellent lightfast qualities, and those rated ASTM III-V being considered fugitive,
— BWS (Blue Wool Scale): The BWS scale ranges from BWS 8 (excellent lightfastness) to BWS 1 (fugitive).
For a paint to be considered artist quality, it should be lightfast, or permanent, with an ASTM rating of I-II or a BWS rating of 8-6.
Matisse paint labels indicate the lightfastness rating given to the pigment content of each colour and ASTM ratings have been used whenever possible, with the internationally recognised BWS rating scale being used when ASTM International has not tested a particular pigment for use in acrylic paints.
All Matisse Flow, Structure, Background and Ink pigments are rated either ASTM I-II or BWS 8 so artists can be confident of creating lasting works of art.
* Please note the sample swatches below are intended as a guide only; many colours, especially intense greens and turquoises, metallics and fluorescents, cannot be displayed accurately on computer screens, and are marked with an asterix. Observe paint tube packaging for actual samples of colour.
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