Colour like no other

A world without colour? Unimaginable. At Cranfield, our aim is to fill your life with spectacular hues. Which is why, for three generations, the home of Caligo inks, Spectrum Paints and the Cranfield brands of Artists’ Oil and Traditional Printmaking inks has used a time-honoured dry-colour process to create something special.

Designed by craftspeople for craftspeople, our products are served up with an equally vibrant service and attitude. The results have inspired artists the world over – providing them with colours that last so their reputation does too.


Michael Craine | Managing Director and third generation colourman

Express yourself

However you like to express your creativity we have the broadest range, the paints, the inks and the ancillaries to inspire you.

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Artists’ Spotlight

Some of today’s most exciting artists and printmakers choose our colours. Meet them here and find out more.

Colourful stories

A colourful world of inspiration, insights and information

Compartment C
Friday 27th January 2017

The girl on the train

Cranfield Chemist Angela Brown muses on the 4.56
As I …

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Friday 23rd December 2016

Our re-branded 1st Birthday!

A year on, what was that re-branding business all about?
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Monday 3rd October 2016

The colour-moody artist

One can’t generalise as to the workings of an artistic …

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Monday 18th July 2016

On the count of three….jump

I seem to remember an ‘urban myth’ from my youth …

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Monday 20th June 2016

Happy mediums?

Most artists will know that daunting feeling when faced with …

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Thursday 5th May 2016

Who Burnt the Umber?

Sometimes when walking through the factory, a colour will catch …

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Thursday 24th March 2016

Cadmium pigments saved

We are delighted to inform you that the European Commission yesterday …

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Thursday 24th March 2016

Colourful memories from George Craine

On completion of compulsory National Service in 1951, I worked …

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Here to help

Whether you’re a fine-art printmaker, an artist, a retailer or just want to know more about our colours, we’d love to hear from you. Our open and friendly team are on hand to tackle any paint and ink challenges you may encounter.

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