Flow Formula

Matisse Flow Formula has all the attributes of the Structure Formula; however, it has a thinner viscosity to allow free flowing brushstrokes or use through an airbrush (with minimal dilution). This allows the paint to be used for fine brushwork with or without water dilution. This paint gives a fine flow with a low-sheen finish and good levelling. Matisse Flow is available in 95 colours covering the full colour spectrum, including several uniquely Australian colours and Metallics. Matisse Flow Formula paint is a premium artist acrylic paint ideal for mural work, canvas painting, geometrics, hard edge painting techniques, photo realism, fine detailed portrait painting, poster colour and watercolour techniques can be simulated quite easily. In fact, any art that requires intense smooth colours. Matisse Flow Formula paints are fully compatible with all the range of Matisse Mediums and Matisse Background colours to create a highly versatile painting system for artists.

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Features at a glance

  •   Vibrant Colours   

    95 Brilliant colours & 5 Metallic colours.

  •   Range of Sizes

    Available in 75ml tubes, 500ml & 1 Litre jars.

  •   Light Fast 

    Archival & long lasting. 

  •   Flexible

    Less prone to cracking.

  •   Label

    Painted brushed sample of actual colour on each tube.

  •   Compatibility 

    Fully compatible with all Matisse Mediums.



Matisse artists painting mediums make the very versatile Matisse Structure and Flow Formulas even more versatile. Each medium and some of its uses are detailed in the following pages.

Use MM2 Impasto Medium for structure and MM4 Gel Medium for brilliant high gloss glazes. Use MM5 Matt Medium or MM7 Polymer Gloss Varnish for adjusting surface sheen.

Oils & Acrylics 

Acrylics can be painted under oil paints but not over the top of them, and acrylics should not be mixed with oil paints. If you want your acrylics to behave more like oils, you may be interested in Matisse MM31 Open Medium.

Matisse Sets 

Introducing six inspiring themed sets and two Signature sets from Matisse Derivan! Each set has been hand selected from the brilliant range of Matisse Structure Formula Colours and Artists Mediums to provide artists with a stunning array of colours and possibilities in 75ml tubes.

Matisse Structure Sampler Set 

Bringing you two additional sets from Matisse Derivan. Artists are now able to sample the Australian colours in the economical 12ml set, in the same way that the Sampler set has enabled artists to try Matisse primary colours from the brilliant range of Matisse Structure Formula Colours and Mediums.

Matisse Artist Mediums Kit

Matisse Mediums are designed to work in conjunction with the Matisse Flow and Structure Acrylic paints to create a highly versatile painting system. The mediums in the kit were specifically selected for maximum flexibility and usefulness to acrylic artists who will find endless new creative possibilities for their artwork.

Matisse Flow Sets.

Available now! Three  Matisse Flow 75ml tube sets: Intro Set, Primary Set, and Australian Colours.


Matisse Flow Formula is compatible with all Matisse Artists Mediums. For matte velvet effects, add MM5 Matt Medium. For buttering up the paint, add MM2 Impasto Medium.

Matisse Flow Formula dries water-resistant but an addition of MM8 Spreader Medium will increase its water-sensitivity for watercolour effects. MM1 Drying Retarder does the same but also slows down drying and film formation.

As an acrylic designer's paint/gouache

Matisse Flow mixed with MM5 Matt Medium is an excellent designers paint, ideal for flat areas of colour and for work to be photographed.

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