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Lightfast 4 - February/March 2018

Dear friends of finest artists‘ colours!

Freshly inspired, we are back from the Creative World in Frankfurt/ Germany, the largest fair for artists‘ materials. We were proud to present our new products as well as Schmincke as a brand of finest German artists’ colours. This is always a highlight of the year, also for us!

Now it’s your turn: For this year, we have optimized some of our gouache assortments and we will present them to you. We additionally have some new, instructive and inspiring clips as well as a creative blog with beautiful a step by step illustration in gouache. On top, we now have a HORADAM® watercolour special edition with three unique semi-precious stone-colours, we want to show you. Enjoy! 

Your Lightfast-Team       

NEW: Schmincke Gouache assortments

Due to their stony origin, all three colours are extremely lightfast (5 stars), slightly granulating and in their colour impression more subdued than colours with a chemical origin. The limited special edition “HORADAM® Semiprecious watercolours” is available as of 1st February 2018 and only in 5 ml tubes.

Creative Tip: DESIGNERs GOUACHE illustration


This year’s big topic at Schmincke is gouache, a traditional colour, which always has a special significance in our company. Not for nothing there are several gouache series with special assortments, applications and target groups. The assortments of AKADEMIE® GOUACHE, DESIGNERs GOUACHE as well as Calligraphy Gouache have been revised, optimized and adapted to the current demands of their users. We want to present you these assortments in detail and explain which colour is best for which kind of use (whereupon this is, of course, a very individual decision:


Painting with colours which have already been used in ancient times is surely a unique experience for painters. After a long research period, three colours have been created: Lapislazuli, Red Opalite and Green Porphyry. With the limited special edition “Semiprecious stones” Schmincke has created three new watercolours which have never been before available. Due to their uniqueness, they are an absolute must have for enthusiasts and professionals, and with their natural coloristic perfectly suited for landscape and nature painting.  

NEW: HORADAM® watercolours - Special edition with semiprecious stone-colours


Green Porphyry (14 805):

This semiprecious stone from the Côte d’Azur (France) belongs to the green earth stones and ever since has been used rather for the pigment production than as a gem stone. As a watercolour, it is an olive dull colour with a semi-opaque character as well. 


Lapislazuli (14 804):

The Lapislazuli from Chile has been milled in a very time-consuming and expensive process to a very fine pigment. The semiprecious stone, one of the oldest gem- and pigment stones, has, processed to a watercolour, a dark grey-blue, dull and semi-opaque character.


Red Opalite (14 803):

As a semiprecious stone, excavated in Arizona (U.S.), opalite is the pre-stage of the gem stone opal. As a watercolour, it is a light, warm red-brown with semi-opaque character.

with Lars Degenhardt

Schmincke’s DESIGNERs GOUACHE perfectly suits for gouache illustrations as well as for painting. Its full, velvet-mat surface leads to a unique colour impression. The German artist Lars Degenhardt shows us step by step how he works with these opaque colours:

We did some new clips on our new gouache assortments to show you the possibilities and options, these colours have. For this, we asked the artist Dirk Schmitt from Cologne to explain several mixing theories and the various mixing options the AKADEMIE® GOUACHE offers, an inestimable knowledge for every artist. In the second clip, he shows us how to paint an intense, opaque illustration using the Schmincke DESIGNERs GOUACHE. Let us surprise you.  

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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