Vermillion is a brilliant red pigment with a rich history of being used throughout history and around the world from Ancient Rome’s decorative arts and the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages to lacquerware in China since the Song dynasty. It was even used as a rouge-like cosmetic in ancient West Asia. The pigment derives from the powdered mineral cinnabar, the most common ore for sourcing elemental mercury. The mineral is generally found in its bright scarlet-to-brick color and occurs in crystals that resemble quartz.
our version of Vermilion is made synthetically and does not contain mercury.
Handmade in our shop using the highest quality earth pigment and natural watercolor binding medium made from gum arabic (sap from acacia trees,) honey, glycerine and distilled water.
* depending on availability - please allow around a week for items to be shipped.