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Spotlight on Silver

The Bauhaus school in Dessau, Germany ran from 1919-1933, during which time the students, known as ‘Bauhauslers’, held festivals or parties seveal times a year. Each party would have its…

Spotlight on Zinc White

The colour zinc white was first developed in the early 1780’s as a safer option to the widely used toxic lead white used by oil painters. In 1782 the French…
Pyrrole Red

Spotlight on Pyrrole Red

From the history of pigments to the use of colour in famous artworks and emergence popular culture, every colour has a fascinating story. This month we explore the story behind…
Raw Umber

Spotlight on: Raw Umber

From the history of pigments to the use of colour in famous artworks and emergence popular culture, every colour has a fascinating story. This month we explore the story behind…
sepia color

Spotlight on: Sepia

Sepia is a black-brown colour with a reddish tone. It is named after the Sepia cuttlefish from which this pigment derives. Cuttlefish store their ink in sacs situated between their…
Viridian
A history of Viridian Hydrated chromium oxide is an intense green pigment with a bluish hue, more commonly known in the English-speaking world as Viridian. Viridian comes from the Latin…

Winsor & Newton pigments

Many pigments that today sound traditional to artists – chrome yellow, viridian, cobalt blue – had been invented shortly before or just when Winsor & Newton was founded.
Gold Ochre

Spotlight on: Gold Ochre

Gold Ochre is a distinctive, reddish, golden yellow from the ochre family. The name ‘ochre’ originates from the Greek meaning ‘pale yellow’.
Red Ochre

Spotlight on: Red Ochre

Red Ochre is quite possibly the first colour to be used as paint. It can be found globally in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Japan and in particular in the Southern hemisphere.

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