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Shiva Casein is a milk-product based paint which may be thinned with water. An extremely versatile medium, caseins may be applied in any manner, from impasto to thin watercolor washes. They are water soluble, but become insoluble with time and exposure.
Caseins dry quickly to a natural matte finish, making them unexcelled for reproduction. They can also be brought to a satin sheen simply by buffing with a soft cloth. If a gloss finish is desired, casein paintings can be varnished.
Caseins can be used on most surfaces. Because of the inflexibility of the binder, they should not be applied to canvas in heavy impastos. Colors are brilliant, permanent, and intermixable.
Basic Set of 6
Contains 6 colors in 37 ml (1.25 oz) tubes, including Ivory Black, Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Rose Red, Shiva Green (Phthalo), and Ultramarine Blue Deep.
Color Theory Set
Perfect for teaching color theory, casein has minimal color shift and mixes easily. The Color Theory Set contains six 37 ml tubes of Shiva Casein, including Shiva Rose Red, Cadmium Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue Deep, Cadmium Orange, Shiva Green (Phthalo), and Shiva Violet.
Water media and oil underpainting materials, now in a basic warm and cool color set for every painter. The set contains six 37 ml tubes of Shiva Casein, including Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Payne’s Gray, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Pale, and Permasol Blue.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Caution Label — Most colors in this line are certified non-toxic, but some bear the ACMI Caution Label: Cadmium Green, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Pale, Cadmium Red Scarlet, Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, and Cobalt Blue.
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® Shiva is a registered trademark of Jack Richeson & Company, Inc.
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By artist in progrogress
from jacksonville f.
Comments about Shiva Casein Colors:
Painting birdhouse gourds, waterproof.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Michelle the painter
To paint motifs on furniture. It is easy to distress.
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My main medium!
By Joseph Rowland
from Chattanooga TN
I have experimented with various mediums and found this to be the best for me! It flows like warm butter and working on small details is the best because of its easy to manipulate flow. Use a little casein emulsion with water and you can really get hairline details . Drying time is perfect. I found that gouache and acrylic gouache dry too fast. When working in plein air it's perfect as long as you have a rolled up and flattened piece of damp paper towel or cloth.. It lets you get about two hours of working time that way. I have used it in conjunction with m graham oils .. Marvelous product! Great way to get started is for any oil painter to give the under painting set a try and you will understand the capabilities it offers. I like them so much that I'm just going to use them altogether.!! When underpainting a imprimatura or grisaille let it cure for 24 hours before finishing with oils , that way it promotes a better bonded surface! Great job for shiva!
from Calgary, Canada
Lovely. Fresh. Difficult.
Shiva Casein White
from Durham, CT
I use white casein for opacity and to create tints when using gouache. I really like the Shiva casein because it can flow like watercolor or be used a little thicker. It's a quality product.
Vibrant Clear Colors For Spectacular Finished Paintings
from Webster, WI
Hi my name is Jimmy and I love painting in Shiva casein paints. Of the mediums I am good in, watercolor, acrylics and oils, my Shiva casein is the very best. I prepare all my surfaces with a coating I make and paint on Masonite canvas and paper with the same beautiful results. The beauty is in the quick drying time and being able to glaze and finish my painting in one day. When using oils this was hard and in my case oils and their mediums made me sick so Shiva was a much safer choice for me. I let my painting cure a day then finish with a light coat of varnish. I paint using the cradled hard board panels and gallery profile so I paint all the 4 sides and no need to finish using a frame and my customers just love. I hope you gives these very vibrant colorful paints a try and make them your signature paints. The neat thing too they are made in my home State of Wisconsin, Made In USA!! Have a good painting day. Jimmy Springett wildlife painter
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Tags: Crex Meadows, Using Product
I'm not sure how to compare these paints to others since they are the only brand of casein paints I have used. I learned of them through James Gurney's art blog and from Stephen Quiller's books. I like them because they are a water based paint that don't stink like my oil paints so I can paint inside our small house. They do have a bit of an odor but it is not objectionable. They smell "clean", like someone wiped down a table at a restaurant. The odor does not linger, as they dry fairly quickly, I like that I can use them with my watercolors for opaque painting. They can be reworked when fresh but are stable when dry. They can be painted over easily and I love the flat matte finish that they give to a painting. They aren't shiny like acrylics. You do need to mist them while they are on your palette or they will dry as you work. A few things I don't like - the Pthalo blue is very staining and quite difficult to wash out of a brush. It comes out, but it takes some soapy work to get it out. Gold ochre and raw sienna are quite similar in color. They are the same value and base color but the ochre has a bit higher chroma. Raw umber and burnt umber are also almost the same. They are both a dark, low chroma brown color - almost like sepia. The RU is very slightly a richer brown color, while the BU is a teeny tiny bit blacker in color. If you are just starting out and want to save a few bucks, I would get one, but not both. I think they need a little more defined differences between these colors. Most of my colors are nice and creamy in texture, but a few of them seem a little drier coming out of the tube. Not sure why that is. Overall I like them a lot.
from Manchester, New Jersey
Smooth, creamy, vivid color.
By ageless artist
from Arlington, Virginia
Shiva casein combines the reassurance of an antique medium with the convenience of a modern tube paint. This version is pigment rich and responds well to any type of brush. The only annoyance to many artists is the need to keep it moist. I use a spray bottle of distilled water about every five minutes. If a rest is needed, plastic wrap will keep the paint fresh overnight.
By Happy Painter
from Dothan, AL
I purchased my first Shiva Casein paints many years ago in my search to find an alternative to oil paints. I bought a set that came in a nice little wooden box. I experimented with the paints but didn't really know what to do with them at the time. I did like the fact that they smelled nice and dried quickly. I think I didn't take to them at that time because I was trying to paint with them the same way I painted oils. I gradually incorporated Shiva Casein as my painting style evolved. I began to use them in thin layers like watercolor and loved how they did not pick up or mix with the layers underneath. Working in thin layers I paint on canvas. I also use Shiva Casein Emulsion to isolate layers as well as an addition to watercolor paints. For my first paintings done in this way I varnished them with an acrylic UV matte varnish. I now finish them with a thin layer of oil color. I also use Shiva Casein paints for egg tempera painting. I combine my own egg tempera mixture with the casein paints. I find casein paint to lift previous layers less than when I use watercolor or gouache paints mixed with egg tempera. I am sensitive to smells and chemical odors and I find these paints to have a pleasant scent. My husband likes the smell too, saying that it smells "clean". A little goes a long way and they have a good shelf life - I'm still using the same tubes from that first box with the exception of white which I use in large quantities and the addition of new colors. An interesting note about casein paints I found is that when working on watercolor paper, it seems to make the paper lay flat and not warp/ripple the way watercolor paint does.
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