Shiva Casein

I have painted with casein alone or by combining it with other media for the last thirty years. I love the creamy, sensuous flow of this paint and its velvety visual quality when used translucent and opaque. It has always been one of my favorites of the water media. Casein is a quick-drying, aqueous medium which uses a milk-based binding agent, one of the most durable mediums known to man. Nine-thousand-year-old casein cave paintings have been discovered in Asia , and later, it was used by Byzantine, Roman and Renaissance artists including the Old Masters.

In 1933 casein pigments in tubes were developed by Ramon Shiva, who relied on the expertise of the artists who used them to help perfect his high-quality paints. Today, Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. manufactures Shiva’s casein colors and is dedicated to bringing back the original quality and formulation of the pigments. Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes. Casein paints may be applied to almost any rigid, non-oily surface such as canvas panel, illustration board, Clayboard®, plaster, metal, wood, masonite, canvas, heavy watercolor paper, or linen mounted on masonite. And they can be reworked or layered repeatedly and be used for under-painting.

Because casein has an exceptional integrity of color and always dries to a perfect matte finish, it is unsurpassed for art reproduction. The velvety matte finish can also be buffed to a satin sheen or varnished to produce a resemblance to oils. Over time, casein pigments become resistant to moisture and as history has proven, the medium has a durability and permanence that has easily stood the test of time.

In 2020 five new colors have been added to make the 12 color + white spectral Quiller palette complete.  These new colors are:
quinacridone violet, ultramarine violet, ultramarine violet blue-shade, phthalocyanine turquoise, permanent green light.

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  • Permanent Green Light
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Phthalocyanine Turquoise
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Ultramarine Violet Blue-Shade
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • 13-Color Casein Set
    • 45% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.
    COLORS: Titanium White (not pictured), Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Pale, Cadmium Red Scarlet, Rose Red, Quinacridone Violet, Ultramarine Violet, Ultramarine Blue Deep, Permasol Blue, Phthalocyanine Turquoise, Shiva Green, and Permanent Green Light

    • $95.40
  • Ultramarine Violet
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Quinacridone Violet
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Titanium White (148 ml)
    • 40% less

     Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $14.45
  • Cadmium Green
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85
  • Shiva Blue (phthalo)
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Permasol Blue
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Payne's Gray
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Yellow Ochre
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Terra Verte
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Raw Sienna
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Naples Yellow
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Light Red
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Ivory Black
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Venetian Red
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Golden Ochre
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.25
  • Chromium Oxide Green
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.25
  • Alizarin Crimson
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Burnt Sienna
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Titanium White
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Shiva Green
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Cerulean Blue
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Cobalt Blue
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85
  • Ultramarine Blue Deep
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.25
  • Shiva Violet
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $5.90
  • Rose Red
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $7.90
  • Cadmium Red Scarlet
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85
  • Cadmium Red Extra Pale
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85
  • Cadmium Orange
    • 40% less

    37 ml Tube - Known for their versatility and array of capabilities, casein paints can be used to create a variety of effects from the rich opaques of oil to thin watercolor washes.

    • $9.85