In 1997 ColourArte LLC President and product designer, Leslie Ohnstad, began her business the “old fashioned” way,with a brilliant idea and willingness to burn the midnight oil seven days a week if needed.It all came about because of her the love of color, along with an unquenchable curiosity of chemistry!
Today the company produces a variety of fine art, decoration, and craft paints including Silks Acrylic Glaze™, Twinkling H2O’s™, and Primary Elements™ Radiant Rain™ and our newest product Radiant Gels™.
Every product in the ColourArte line is made with a proprietary blend of bright clean color and mica minerals that set them apart from all other paints.The results: Color and Light is refracted like a crystal.
ColourArte’s unique industry technology makes this possible.
At Colourarte, we’re committed to preserving and protecting the environment, continually seeking opportunities to reduce our impact on the planet. We understand the far-reaching effects of our actions, and recognize our responsibility as a global company to conserve resources and minimize waste.
ColourArte considers its full impact on the environment and is proud of an ongoing 18 year commitment to green practices, every step of the way.
• WE DO NOT USE: toxic stabilizers, chemicals, fillers, dispersants, glycols or wetting agents
.………….just so the product looks perfect.
• WE ONLY USE green based non-toxic or food grade materials to produce our products.
• All of our products are MADE IN USA hand mixed and poured.
• Recycling production waste
• Powering off machinery when not in use
• Using minimal packaging on all products
Twinkling H20s Shimmering Watercolors: 2003-Current
Twinkling H20s, hardpan watercolor cakes, poured into individual jars, are created with pure color, binder and shimmery micas.
The H20s are extremely concentrated containing 75% more color than the normal watercolor cake.
Twinkling H20s, available in over 200 + brilliant colors go a long way. NOTE: If a cake watercolor softens in seconds, it is full of fillers, wetting agents and chemical stabilizers. Yes they are it is quick and easy but used up in no time
Activate with Water: We recommend wetting down the Twinkling H20s for 10-15 minutes by spritzing or pouring a little water in the cake. As they soften a pool of wet color similar to the density of watercolor paste will form in the center of the jar. Simply pull a bit of the H20 paste onto a plastic pallet, craft sheet or your favorite mixing surface. Mix in more water to create your desired color and consistency then begin to paint.
Primary Elements Arte-Pigments 2002-Current
Back in Leonardo da Vinci’s day, artists ground their own pigments to make custom paints. Similarly, the Primary Elements Arte-Pigments our pure ground concentrated color and Mica Minerals (no fillers or binders), which means a little goes a long way.
All Color needs a binder to adhere to a surface. Primary Elements Arte-Pigments is no different and are ready to mix in any water soluble medium.
To Use: Mix in Acrylic mediums, Acrylic Gels, Gum Binders, water soluble glue or Water based polyurethane.
If the binder or medium you choose cleans up with Soap and water our Primary Elements Arte-Pigment are compatible. Make your own sprays mixing arte-pigments and water ONLY if you’re spraying on a surface that is still moist from Gel medium, Gesso, Acrylic paints, modeling or texture paste.
Customers love these paints. In fact, many say our Arte Pigments should be considered food groups because they are so luscious!
Radiant Rains 2004-Current
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist and Roll on Daubers is a unique Watercolor-Acrylic Hybrid paint. When misted it produces gorgeous shimmering color enhanced with our proprietary crystal elements adding refractive brilliance to your art.
Radiant Rains consist of finely dispersed brilliant pigments, micas and other minerals, suspended in a mix of water and our own unique water-soluble acrylic resin binder.
Silks Acrylic Glaze 2011- Current
What makes Silks so special? It’s all about shimmer, shine, and sparkle! It’s the secret mix of mica and other proprietary mineral particles that refract light, like a crystal. Silks are easy to use paints that create a semi-gloss glaze – not too shiny, not too flat, but just right.
Simply brush Silks onto your project, using a wide brush for broad strokes or a fine brush for details. Or use a brayer if you want even wider swaths of color. Allow Silks to dry between colors to keep the glaze layers distinct and create depth, or blend the colors while wet if you prefer that effect.
Radiant Gels: 2014- Current
Radiant Gels – High viscosity dimensional paint dries with a gloss finish for iridescent, textured glazing. Brilliant shimmering colors add luster and beauty to any project. 100% acrylic polymer emulsion forms durable film when dry they are perfect for stenciling, relief and sculptural effects.
Results will be transparent to translucent when dry and depending on sheer the color is or thickness of application. Radiant Gels can be used on any surface and wash up with Soap and Water.
At ColourArte, we make paint products. That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. No kidding ourselves that we can be good at everything.No trying to conquer the entire hobby craft whole world. We just do our best to conquer our bit of it.
So each day we come in and make the best art materials we know how.We use the finest ingredients blended with an expert eye and then our ‘Grand Masters’ behind the scene do their magic.
There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from making something well,of such superior quality that you know it is going to stand the test of time. It makes the hard work and the obsessing over each and every detail worth all the effort. That’s our reward. That’s why we stick to just mixing color. Yup, we make paint. That’s all folks.
When the music is loud and the coffee is strong, The ColourArte team mixes everything by hand. But at the end of the day, we are here to try and make the best paint products possible.