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The history and production of Rose Madder pigments

One of our proudest achievements at Winsor & Newton is the way we have maintained our distinctive rose madder shade through the ages. Although the process of producing this signature…

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Colour Story: Pinks

The addition of pink to an artist’s palette can be subtle and soft or powerful and loud. The word ‘pink’ derives from the dianthus species of flowers, which includes carnations,…

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History of pigments

A short history of pigments The story of pigments is a story of chance, experimentation and science. But above all it is about providing human beings with the means with…

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Colour stories from the Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour range

There is an abundance of history and innovation behind every one of the 108 colour pigments that make up Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolour range. We’ve picked out six iconic…

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A colourful history of pigments

In the very distant past, humans discovered that when combining earth minerals with a water source they could create a colourant to use for painting. The use of pigments has…

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Colourants: dyes vs pigments

A colourant is a substance that is used to impart colour to matter. Dyes and pigments are the main forms of colourant. The main difference between them is that dyes…

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Palettes of the masters: JMW Turner

“Your business, Winsor, is to make colour. Mine is to use them.” This was JMW Turner’s response to gentle criticism from William Winsor, who was concerned about the artist’s occasional…