intrinsic
adjective

/ɪnˈtrɪnsɪk/
belonging naturally; essential.


Our collection of 12 of water based wood dyes are in a range of mature shades that bring a level of atmosphere and depth to your work. In use, they afford you a longer working time than alcohol based stains and dyes, allowing you to move the colour around for perfect application and blend.
They sink deeply into the wood and preserve the appearance of the figure in the wood, releasing the hidden subtleties and enhancing medullary rays and ‘chatoyance’.

Colours shown here in sycamore with one coat of oil.

If you’re just getting started with colouring, then the sample box will be a good place to start. It contains 15ml of each of the 12 colours which will be enough to give you a good idea of how they work.

You will that you use more of some of the colours than the others. The most popular are the Black, Ruby, Flame and Honey.


When it’s time for a top-up, the 250ml individual bottles are your next stop. They have wipe clean polypropylene labels and contain enough dye to colour many pieces.


Easy to apply using towel, brush, sponge, airbrush or any other method, you can let your imagination run wild – particularly with airbrush techniques. Try using an alcohol spray to create streaks, or use making tape for a more art-deco feel.

For the absolute best results and depth of colour, use more than one coat, or and add a black or earth undercoat for an even more dramatic effect. The downloadable video guide available (here) goes into depth about using the colours in a variety of techniques.


When you’re done applying the colours and they are dry, ensure you seal the piece properly. For the best surface, it is recommended you use a cellulose based sanding sealer, but any good quality sealer will provide a suitable surface for your final finish.

Coloured pieces generally look better with a gloss finish. The shine refracts light and enhances the added colour and figure in the wood.

For the highest possible shine, use our Clear Gloss Lacquer or several coats of our food and toy safe Gloss Finishing Wax.


Intrinsic Colour and Embellishing Wax Cheat Sheets

We want to ensure you make the most of your Hampshire Sheen products and create amazing work!
Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide which colours will work well together, and we’d like to help with that! These three free downloadable cheat sheet gives easy reference guides to which of the colours in the Intrinsic Colour Collection blends well together, and how they in turn can be used to great effect with the range of Embellishing Waxes. Print them off and keep them in your workshop for a handy guide. It is a guide only, and you may find your own gorgeous combinations!

125ml Intrinsic Colour Box Set

For the adventurous colourist, Intrinsic Colours can be mixed together to create even more shades or thinned with water for a lighter shade.

Available in complete smartly boxed sets of 15ml sample bottles and seasonally in 125ml bottles the sets are a brilliant and affordable way for to try them before taking the plunge with the full size 250ml bottles. To find a stockist, Click Here. Please note not all stockists carry the colours yet. Please ask your local retailer to order some in for you.

Colour Guide


*Colours shown are for reference only. Accurate colour rendition may vary from device to device. It is recommended you test the colours before committing them to your work.

Below is a YouTube playlist of showing Martin Saban-Smith (the creator) and other creators using the colours on their woodturning projects. There are various ways to apply the colour, and these videos show many of them. You can find more videos on Martin’s channel by clicking (HERE).

Lightfast? No colour is 100% lightfast. They will all fade in time. The pigment manufacturer has given me assurance that they are light fast for at least as long as a normal household paint. To increase the lifetime of the colours, keep finished pieces out of direct sunlight and consider using a UV filtered finishing oil underneath the final finish as an additional layer of protection.