Casein is a quick-drying, aqueous medium using a milk-based binding agent, and is one
of the most durable mediums known to man. Nine thousand year old Casein cave paint-ings
have been discovered in Asia, and later, the medium 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.
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 sur-face
such as canvas panel, illustration board, heavy watercolor paper, plaster, metal,
wood, masonite, or canvas, or linen mounted on masonite.
Because Casein has an exceptional integrity of color and always dries to a perfect matte
finish, it is unexcelled 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 mois-ture
and as history has proven, the medium has a durability
and permanence which has easily stood the test of time.