Limited Edition / Previously the first watercolor featured in our very first 2016 Watercolor Subscription Quarter "Ancient Pigments"
Malachite is the oldest known green pigment and was used in Egyptian tomb paintings and in artworks throughout antiquity. Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral which forms underground in deep fractures where the correct chemicals meet ideal hydrothermal activity. After being mined, malachite is crushed, processed and purified in order to extract just the pigment powder. The pigment is moderately lightfast, very sensitive to acids, and has varied shades of green. We like to think of the oxidized copper color of the Statue of Liberty!
Lapis lazuli is a stone found in the remote mountain ranges of Afghanistan and Chile. When refined down into pure pigment it is a high quality, rich and stable blue. Due to the rarity of the stone, its remote location and the intense process necessary to extract just the pure pigment, pure, dark ultramarine was more expensive than gold during the renaissance. The Lapis we used to create this watercolor is a medium grade and comes from Chile. It is beautiful to work with!
Handmade in our shop using a natural watercolor binding medium made from gum arabic (sap from acacia trees,) honey, glycerine and distilled water.
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