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

Friday 12th January 2018

A top assignment!

If you have never visited Japan, what are you waiting …

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Monday 11th December 2017

How ‘personal’ is ‘personal’?

Producing a painting or indeed any piece of art, however …

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Monday 6th November 2017

Working with the significant other…

Cranfield’s Sales Manager Rachel Rowe spent time talking with respected …

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Monday 25th September 2017

Beats a bladder… three cheers for the aluminium tube!

We have so many rewarding links with customers, many of …

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Monday 3rd July 2017

Steve – The Mona Lisa of the colour world

There’s something about Steve’s half smile
He’s been …

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Friday 2nd June 2017

Green Faces in the Gallery

Appearances can be deceptive.
Next time you visit the National …

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Monday 24th April 2017

Catching up with Shirley Scott…

I’m not keen on interviews that start with ‘I caught …

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Friday 7th April 2017

Missed the bus to the SGC Printmaking Fair in Atlanta?

In rude health!
I’ve just returned from the annual meeting …

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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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