Alchemy of Paint

I have had the most transformative week, a true revelation, learning to make colors from natural raw materials under the guidance of David Cranswick. Here’s a flying tour of the genesis of true artist pigments.

The alchemist’s lab

The three copper stones we’re starting with: malachite, chrysocolla
and azurite, alongside lapis lazuli (lower right).

Azurite

Malachite

Cinnabar

Persian berries

Madder root

Weld

Cochineal

Logwood

Oakgall

Gum arabic

Watercolour

Egg tempera

Oil paint

Final result of 5 days of intense work: This beautiful natural palette and so much inspiration.

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