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the Secrets of
ABOUT THE PIGMENT CHAPTER:
Recipes for making over 50 pigments from scratch, lightfastness tests, pigment interaction tests and much more including the relationship between early alchemists and color recipe development and the alchemical spiritual meaning behind the different chemical processes.
EXCERPT: Madder Root
Imagine saffron aroma, stewing plants, and the scent of fresh squid. Hear stone grinding against stone, leaves being crushed and the excited chatter of apprentices learning their next task. Breathe in the bitter aloe flavor and taste it at the back of your throat. See stones of brilliant green and deep blue, herbs hanging upside-down to dry, mussel shells filled with puddles of rich red and clear yellow paint, and over against the wall a row of desks with projects in various states of completion. Need a specific greenish yellow for your new painting? You grab the bunch of dried weld hanging on the wall and put it to boil.
is the spectacular world available to the artist who knows traditional recipes
and techniques. For a greenish yellow, weld might be the perfect choice.
But for a bright transparent yellow, saffron would clearly shine. The expanded
variety of colors with their
individual hues, textures, and working properties
can give artists the technical edge to fulfill
We are living in a time of great revival in traditional methods and materials. Although tube paints are the norm in art supply stores, lately it has become noticeably easier to find the raw materials for traditional paints. By combining these ancient techniques with recent research, an artist has more power and possibility to create than ever before in the history of art.
PARTIAL LIST OF PIGMENT
RECIPES INCLUDED IN THE
Almond Shells, Azurite, Azurite/Malachite, Bistre, Bone Black, Bone White, Brazilwood, Burnt Ocher, Burnt Sienna, Cabbage, Chalks, Chrysocolla, Cinnabar, Clays, Cochineal, Flower Petals, Fustic, Hematite, Honey Green, Jasper, Indigo, Ivory Black, Kermes, Lac, Lapis Lazuli, Leather, Leeks, Linseed Oil, Logwood, Madder, Malachite, Massicot, Peach Pit Grey, Red Lead, Rue, Salt Green, Safflower, Saffron, Sap Green, Silver Blue, Soap Green, Spinach, Tiger’s Eye, Turmeric, Verdigris, Vermillion, Vine Black, Vivianite, Weld, Woad, White Lead
by Sybil Archibald
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