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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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After several years away, I'm back to Caseins
from Lake Forest, CA
Comments about Shiva Casein Colors:
Used to use caseins exclusively. Last few years have used pen/brush and colored India Inks as my main medium. Realizing how much I miss caseins, I have returned to to my old favorite.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Not for asthmatics or scent sensitive people!
By SL Brown
from Land of Enchantment
After reading one reviewer's mention of a strong perfume smell to this product, I just bought a single tube of white to try it out. Wow, is it ever powerful! I love how creamy the paint is and how well it covers, but unfortunately, the strong perfume scent will prevent me from ever being able to use it, which is a shame. It's so much more affordable than gouache. :( I would only recommend it with the proviso that it is very strongly perfumed, which some of us cannot tolerate.
By skinny cycles
from Northford Ct.
i use them for plein air painting then glaze with oil or just varnish at home.
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Casein - Best Paint EVER!
By Whimsy Mary
from Issaquah, Washington
I've used acrylics, powdered pigment with liquid acrylic, oils, oil pastels with thinner, chalk pastels...oh, everything you can think of on every surface over the past 50 years of painting. Casein is an almost unheard-of paint that is far better than anything else. The texture is sooooo smooth, and you can make it lay on the brush for everything from fine lines to large swaths. I started off using an egg tempera recipe given to me by William Cumming, passed to him by Guy Anderson. But because I have MS, I try to limit my exposure to toxins. So I changed to mixing in Elmer's glue with water - it acts as a perfect, non-toxic binder. If you don't want the plastic feel of acrylic, or the harsh chemicals of oils, try Casein.
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A piece by William Cumming, in Casein
Casein for underpainting
from St. Louis, MO
If you are an oil painter, casein is very useful for underpaintings, it dries fast and is permanent. I used to underpaint with acrlylics, but I have read that oil might not stick to it as well as it stick to casein paint.
I've been using Shiva casein paints for years. They are an excellent consistent product. Easy to use and long lasting.
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Miniature painting with Shiva casein paints.
I love these paints.
from SAnta Rosa, Ca
These casein paints perform the way I thought they would; but the mixable colors are better than I hoped. I find the variety of thick and thin options and the texture of the paint really work for me.
Blick Paints Rock
from Naples, Florida
The paints are easy to work with.
I'm in love with casein!
from South Carolina
I am new to casein, having read a ton prior to trying. Water based without the need for solvents. Shiva colors are wonderful in depth and hue, easy to work with (I prefer oil painting brushes over acrylics for this medium) and mix very well. Blick's service and packing was great! I am very pleased, and will be ordering more Shiva in the future. I have heard interesting things about their half-black, and I wish I had ordered the bigger tube of the titanium white.
Work Fast because they Dry fast
By Mark Maritato HIstorical Art
from Danbury CT
I purchased a limited pallet of colors (About 6 tubes) on these paints because I wanted to give them a try. I find them an intriguing medium to work with because they have similar working properties to Gouache and somewhat to Oils but they dry super fast. I wanted to try experimenting with these as an under-painting for oils. I started out using these on a board which did not yield the best result I found, and I think this may have been my fault due to the type board I chose to start working with. However when I tried these on a canvas board that was formulated for water-media I got much better results. So as of this review the jury is still out with me as I have a lot more experimenting to do but I believe these paints do offer a lot of promise for future works.
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