Pyrolusite black. Pigment number PBr8, single pigment half-pan watercolor. Fits in all palettes designed for half-pans.
I have been with humans since Neanderthal times. They used me for starting fire. And of course for decorating their home walls in caves. I am silky and flowing on paper but remember that I can start a fire. Fire of love in your heart. I am a pyrolosite.
Blocks of pyrolusite are found often at Neanderthal sites. It may have been kept as a pigment for cave paintings, but it has also been suggested that it may have been also used by the Neanderthals in fire-making.
Pyrolusite is a mineral consisting essentially of manganese dioxide (MnO2) and is important as an ore of manganese. It is a black, amorphous appearing mineral, often with a granular, fibrous, or columnar structure, sometimes forming reniform crusts.
Nicely flowing silky black. As transparent as black can be. Mixes nicely with other natural and human-made pigments. For best performance add a few drops of water some minutes before starting to work with it. It will reactivate the pigment and will be more fluid.
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.