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Lightfast 20 - February/March 2020


Dear friends of finest artists’ colours!

Welcome to a new and colourful year! As always, the Creative World in Frankfurt, the greatest trade fair for artist material, will introduce the new year for us. Along with the presentation of our new products there, we will also be happy to inform you: What's new at Schmincke? The photo above already shows it: From 1.2.2020 we have a completely new product series within our watercolour range - a finest liquid, pigment based watercolour in 24 colours named AQUA DROP! Please read below its special features and why it complements our watercolour family perfectly. We have also made some changes within our AERO COLOR® Professional range which we would like to inform you about.

As a creative start into the year, we introduce a rather unusual motif for watercolour painting. Let us surprise you with a painting the artist Marina Abramova has prepared for you step by step.


Your Lightfast team

NEW: Schmincke AQUA DROP: 24 finest, liquid watercolours


We proudly present: AQUA DROP! As of February 2020, our new, liquid watercolour will delight the heart of watercolour painters, sketchers and handletterers. The new AQUA DROP series contains 24 cadmium-free, transparent colours as well as an Opaque White and an Aqua Drop Liner with brush tip to be filled with the colour.

The pigment-based and thus highly lightfast colours (only 4 and 5 stars lightfastness) are liquid, resoluble, ready to use and can be diluted with water. They can be mixed and combined with all watercolours such as HORADAM® watercolour and AKADEMIE® watercolour and can be used on all suitable for watercolour surfaces. The colours are ideal for watercolour painting, urban/ aqua sketching, calligraphy, handlettering and airbrush (from 0,15mm). 

Do you know… that we have optimized our AEROCOLOR® Professional-assortment?

Schmincke has adapted its extensive range of AERO COLOR® Professional products to the changing demands of the artists. The 9 Candy colours have been so popular that they are now permanently included in the range. The effect colour range has been reduced to the 12 bestselling colours and the AERO Opaque medium has been omitted as it has not been used much since the successful introduction of the 12 TOTAL COVER colours.

From 1.2.2020 the entire AERO COLOR® Professional range therefore includes:

  • 36 brilliant standard colours
  • 12 TOTAL COVER colours
  • 12 effect colours (9 AERO METALLIC, 3 AERO VISION)
  • 9 Candy colours



BLOG: Excavator in watercolour

with Marina Abramova

The artist tells us of her idea: "Excavator in watercolour - is one of my favourite themes. I like this contrast between the light, flowing watercolour and the heavy construction machines. In this painting I explore the process of extracting raw material. The vehicle and the excavator are heavy and remain quite stable while the shovel of the excavator moves and the raw material flows. 


Please note:
The described product attributes and application examples have been tested in the Schmincke laboratory. The information is based on our current state of technical findings and experience. Due to the diversity of applications in terms of painting techniques, materials and working conditions, as well as numerous possible influences, this information is based on a general application range. A legally binding guarantee of specific attributes or the suitability for a specific usage purpose cannot be derived from our information; therefore the use of the products must be adapted to the users' individual conditions and tested in trials. For this reason, we cannot provide a warranty for product attributes and/or assume liability for damages that occur in connection with the use of our products.
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