FAQs

Q: WHAT DO YOU SELL?

Hydrocryl sell a range of high quality acrylic paints and mediums. Our range is made in Australia from the most intense and vibrant pigments available.


Q: HOW COME I HAVEN'T HEARD OF YOU?

Well, it’s a 50-50. Either you know of us for a very long (say 40 years!) or you are only getting to hear of us now for the very first time!
The reason for this is quite simple. Hydrocryl was made by a chemist for his artist friends. It was never intended to be a commercial enterprise. That is why the quality is so awesome!

However, after so many people started giving Hydrocryl rave reviews, somebody finally realised that he’s not doing anybody any favours by keeping this great stuff a secret!!


Q: WHY IS YOUR COLOUR RANGE SMALLER THAN BRAND X OR Y?

It is, but really it is not. Confused? Hydrocryl colours are single pigmented. That means, they are made from ONE colour source only. Brand X may have 10 different shades of Blue. A close inspection of the label will reveal the pigments used. These all have a Colour Index number that is universally recognised as code for colour. E.g. PB 15:3 is Pigment Blue number 15:3, otherwise known as Phthalo Blue. (Phthalocyanine being the source for this particular pigment.) Amongst these 10 different shades of Blue in Brand X’s range, you will find that PB 15:3 may be the base colour for more than half of them with a touch of White, Yellow, Red etc. giving you subtle variation.

Hydrocryl offer you one powerful and bold Phthalo Blue, aka PB 15:3. Using this Blue as your base will only give you BLUE! Not little bits of Yellow and Red or White, just… True Blue!!


Q: HOW CAN I SAMPLE HYDROCRYL BEFORE PURCHASING?

Hydrocryl run demo and sampling sessions. We also do studio visits to artists, art societies and schools.

If you are in Victoria please contact us directly via sales@hydrocryl.com.au or if interstate you can catch us via one of our wholesale partners. You can also find them on our website

Another great idea is to watch the tutorials on our website. They are put together by different artists with different styles – there will be one there to suit you! They are also constantly being updated, so make sure to check this out regularly!


Q: ARE ART SUPPLIES SAFE? I'M WORRIED BECAUSE...

Yes, Hydrocryl materials are 100% safe and Yes, you had good reason to be concerned.

Many artists through history have become seriously unwell due to their cramped working conditions in which they imbibed and inhaled toxic materials that they worked with constantly.

Things have come a long way since and Hydrocryl are at the head of that change!


THERE ARE 3 KEY CONCERNS:

  • PIGMENTS:
    Some favourites such as Cadmium, Cobalt and Lead are in fact dangerous to your health! Yes, only a small amount makes it into the paint, on to the brush and eventually into your mouth – but the labels still carry a poison warning for very good reason.
    Hydrocryl colours are all 100% free from any toxic pigments! That’s right, a world first in providing stunning colour in a contemporary and safe manner. Because, after all, YOU are our greatest priority.

  • THE BASE:
    Every paint has 2 primary parts – the base/medium and the colour. Solvent based paints (such as oil colours) can be dangerous and have strong fumes. Acrylics are water-based and do not have any of the problems associated with solvents and nasty chemicals.
    Hydro (water) Cryl (acrylic) are a water-based acrylic paint.

  • CRAMPED CONDITIONS:
    Make sure that you work in a well ventilated studio and that you keep your hands clean. Don’t taste the delicious colours that you are using!!

    (Unless of course they are the irresistible and perfectly safe Hydrocryl colours…)