Pigments

We are traditional paint-makers and use artists’ quality dry powder pigments in all our paints. These pigments do not dissolve in water or oil and remain dispersed or suspended. Colorants that dissolve are classified as stainers or dyes, and these are the colorants used by almost all modern paint manufacturers. The majority of pigments we use and supply are natural earth and mineral pigments, selected from the best sources worldwide, and include the ochres umbers and siennas found in traditional palettes. Others are early manufactured examples; the ultramarine blues were first produced in 1828 in France, but chemically identical to the original, but very expensive, native lapis lazuli from northern Afghanistan.

All pigments are pure, light fast and permanent. Certain pigments, for example Prussian blue and the Ultramarines are not alkali-fast and cannot therefore be used in limewash or applied to alkaline surfaces such as new lime plaster.

Other ingredients used in our paints can be purchased separately, including lactic acid casein, cold-pressed raw linseed oil, fine chalk filler, tallow and gelatin.

See all our pigments and prices here

The Colours

  • Ochre - Yellows
    • Yellow Ochre (Medium)
    • Yellow Ochre (Dark)
    • Golden Ochre
    • Roman Ochre
    • Mars Yellow
    • Raw Sienna
    • French Ochre
    • Bright Yellow
    • Organic Yellow
  • Ochre - Reds
    • Red Ochre
    • Pozzuoli Red
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Mars Red
    • Translucent Orange
  • Umbers
    • Burnt Umber
    • Cyprus Brunt Umber
    • Burnt Umber-Reddish
    • Raw Umber
    • Raw Umber - Greenish
  • Greens
    • Eau de Nil
    • Verona Green
    • Organic Green
  • Blues
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Ultramarine Blue (Light)*
    • Ultramarine Blue (Dark)*
    • Prussian (Paris) Blue*
    • Organic Blue*
  • Violets
    • Ultramarine Violet*
    • Mars Violet
    • Organic Violet
  • Blacks
    • Iron Oxide Black

* Not Suitable for Limewash