Lapis Lazuli from Baikal. Pigment number PB29, single pigment half-pan watercolor. Fits in all palettes designed for half-pans.
For Lapis Lazuli collectors – Lapis Lazuli from Baikal is less intense, not so coarse, and more muted than Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan.
I am Lapis Lazuli. As old as time and Mesopotamian poem the Epic of Gilgamesh. Cleopatra used me as her eye shadows. And TutankHammond’s burial mask contains a lot of gold and a lot of me. I am a stone of wisdom, intuition, and truth. And no painting fades with my presence. I am the king of blues. And I am an artists’ gold.
Lapis Lazuli pigment is extracted from the gemstone Lapis Lazuli, that’s why many artists consider this more valuable than gold. When ground it still has a crystalline structure. Its multiple surfaces reflect light like a jewel thereby exhibiting ever-changing shades of blue. This creates a unique effect that is not possible with softer or human-made pigments. Yet, you have to be patient and learn to work with it, especially if you don’t have experience with natural pigments made from stones. It is low staining, but very reflective, so you will feel the presence of this pigment even in small portions. For best performance add a few drops of water several minutes before starting to work with it. It will reactivate the pigment and will be more fluid.
Transparent crystalline softly blue pigment. An artist’s equivalent to gold – not everyday paint but absolutely necessary if you love historical pigments.
All our watercolors are handmade from pigment or pigment mixes, binders, and essential oils as conservative. Binder is made by ourselves from gum arabic, natural honey, and water. Our watercolors have a flowery scent, with lemongrass as top note and sandalwood in the base note.