pigments. Our natural ochres pigments and our natural earths pigments are all 100% natural and are extracted from different quarries in France, in particular in the Ardennes, Burgundy, Vaucluse but also in different countries such as Germany, Italy, and India. Depending on the region, we will have all different colors. They are extracted, washed, then dried, and if necessary, burned or calcined according to the color that one wishes to obtain, to finish finely crushed in order to obtain an impalpable powder of the order of 30 microns.
natural ochres and natural earths have the advantage of being able to be mixed together to obtain other colors because they are compatible with each other. they also have excellent opacity, great resistance to alkalis, such as lime paste, and great resistance to uv (insensitive).
They have the advantage of being compatible with all binders such as lime paste or powder or cement but also natural or synthetic oils, glues, gums and resins (gum arabic, shellac, rabbit skin glue, acrylic binder, linseed oil) and can be used in all techniques (oil, egg, casein, acrylic, skin glue, lime, plaster, fresco).
dark yellow ocher pigment from Provence is extracted from an ore from the gargas quarry in the vaucluse. it is a 100% natural pigment which gives a very luminous yellow hue with a transparent binder and a slightly orangey yellow with a white-like binder. This pigment is compatible with all painting techniques (lime, casein, fresco, skin glue, shellac, flour paint, egg, acrylic, vinyl, potassium silicate etc). Its dosage varies according to the binders. For lime, plan a dosage of about 45% of the weight of lime before saturation.
the old pink pigment is a mixture of iron oxides and shale. Old rose color, pale pink depending on the binder and the dosage, compatible with all techniques and all binders. 100% natural pigment. The dosage at 20% by weight of lime gives a sustained but very soft old pink color.
the purple umber pigment is a blend of mars violet, red oxide and black iron oxide resulting in a lightly shaded purplish eggplant color. The purple umber pigment is compatible with all binders and all techniques, however it will often be necessary to stir the container when painting because the red tends to settle at the bottom of the pot. It will also be necessary to add a little 95 ° alcohol to it in addition to the black soap to facilitate its dilution in the binders.
the pink pigment is an organic pigment fixed on a carbonate. it gives a candy pink color more or less sustained depending on the binder and the dosage. Its color is bright and its coloring power very good, it can be dosed at 20% of the weight of lime to have a strong color. This pigment is compatible with all binders and all techniques. It dilutes well with water.
lime blue pigment is a polysulphurized sodium aluminosilicate (synthetic metal oxide fixed on a mineral base). Its color is rather purplish primary lavender blue. this pigment is compatible with all techniques and all binders. However, to dilute it, it will be necessary to add to it in addition to water a little household alcohol at 95 ° and liquid black soap.
The plum pigment is a mixture of synthetic iron oxides giving a purplish burgundy to slightly purplish old pink colour. Pigment compatible with all binders and all techniques. This pigment is composed of 50% minerals and 50% natural pigments, which gives it a nice softness of tone while having a very good tinting strength.
dark red ocher pigment from provence , extracted in the gargas quarry, is obtained by firing yellow ocher. This pigment is one of the most opaque, which is why it is often used in flour paint in order to protect the wood well. Its color is red, salmon depending on the binder used and the dosage. the red ocher pigment is compatible with all painting techniques (casein, flour paint for wood, fresco fresco, acrylic or vinyl, skin glue, egg, shellac, silicate, gum arabic).