In our ongoing pigment series, we have been taking a look at the stories behind artist pigments, their histories, and their characteristics. In this article, we explore Cobalt ...On 11 May 2021 / By Evie Hatch
Earth has been used as a pigment since prehistoric times. Earth pigments include an enormous range of colours, from warm and strong reds, to cool and gentle greens. ...On 2 March 2021 / By Evie Hatch
YinMn Blue was discovered by chance in 2009 by Professor Mas Subramanian and Andrew E. Smith, who was then a graduate student at Oregon State University. Its unusual ...On 16 February 2021 / By Evie Hatch
Phthalo pigments are a family of blue and green synthetic organic pigments based on variants of copper phthalocyanine, a deep blue compound produced by the reaction of phthalic ...On 9 February 2021 / By Evie Hatch
Of all the artist colours, black may well have the longest history. Charcoal, soot, and charred animal bones were used in the earliest prehistoric cave paintings. Today, there ...On 27 November 2020 / By Evie Hatch
Alizarin crimson (pigment index number PR83) is a synthetic lake pigment which was developed as a replacement for madder lake, a historical pigment used since antiquity. It is ...On 3 March 2020 / By Evie Hatch
Before the 19th century, Ultramarine Blue pigment was made with lapis lazuli, a luminous blue mineral mined in Afghanistan. The name derives from the Latin ultra (beyond) and ...On 5 November 2019 / By Evie Hatch
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