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Q: Artist Paint Pigment Particulars Please! ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Artist Paint Pigment Particulars Please!
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: bellboy-ga
List Price: $75.00
Posted: 19 May 2006 00:53 PDT
Expires: 18 Jun 2006 00:53 PDT
Question ID: 730308
My son is an artist who uses only oil paints- never acrylic- and he
now wants to hand make his own oil paints. Like the Artist's of old time
used to do.

Unless I have missed something there are only two ingredients in
Artist Oil Paint? one being linseed oil ? which we have a source of
and the other being various PAINT PIGMENTS ?which we need to get.

Our family ?especially my son- never does thing by half. We need to
know the very best source of ARTIST OIL PAINT PIGMENTS in the world.

So my question is:

(a)	Where do (what country/countries) do the best quality Artist Paint
Pigments come from?

(b)	Give me the name and addresses of the WHOLESALER?S or the actual
miners who dig and distribute these pigments to the various Artist
Paint Manufacturers.  We want to go directly to the original source of
pigments. And in due course start our own mini-manufacturing plant.

For the question to be answered correctly and to gain a nice tip I
need specific detail?. as opposed to links, links and more links.

I want/need to be able to go to a website or physical address or phone
number and know that they are genuine miners and/or suppliers of
quality pigments to wholesalers of Artist Paint Pigments around the
world. I invite your answers and will tip generously for what I
consider to be a great answer.

Request for Question Clarification by adiloren-ga on 20 May 2006 01:19 PDT
I am concerned that your question will go unanswered in its current form. 

The natural pigments used in historic oil paintings can be found in
Afghanistan, Chile, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, to name a few
locations. The problem is that these mineral pigments come from many
distinct regions and to produce an entire set of historical pigments
would require pigments from many different locations. These minerals
often require additional processing for use in oil paints as well. For
these reasons, your best bet is to order from a company that has
imported all of these materials, processed them, and made them ready
for use in oil painting. There are some good companies in this order
that I can point you to.

However, there are not a few centralized "mines" that I can give you a
number for that will allow you to put together a set of pigments
yourself. I could find a few such locations- but it would be
incomplete at best. I requires a degree of expertise that I do not
have and that these companies specialize in providing,

If you would like me to post some of these companies- some which allow
purchase in relatively large supply, I would be happy to.

Thanks for the question and I look forward to your response and aiding
you further in this interesting pursuit.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 May 2006 06:12 PDT

I must agree with the earlier remark that going to the source -- the
actual mines, etc (not all pigments are mined) -- is a huge

Not impossible...just huge.

You might want to consider starting with someone who has already made
pigemtns their life's work.  An outlet such as Kremer's:

with shops in Germany and New York, might be good staring place.

They even offer pre-assembled sets of what they call 'historical' pigments:

Check them out, and let me know if this looks to be on the right track.



Request for Question Clarification by adiloren-ga on 20 May 2006 16:41 PDT
Pafalafa-ga guided you to one of the best sites that I came across-
here is  a better link from their site that comprehensively outlines
every pigment (and its properties) that you will need to put together
a complete historical palette.

I can help you further with some links to wholesalers and some other
oil paint companies as well if you wish.

Kremer-Made Pigments   -   Renaissance of Materials

Clarification of Question by bellboy-ga on 24 May 2006 02:28 PDT
My apologies - I have been away from my computer for the last few days
and was not aware of the various comments that have been made. I am
also not in a position -just right now-to comment on those comments in
any meaningful way. Please give me till the weekend when I will be
back at my computer and hopefully will take in what has been said and
reply. Thanks to all and everyone who have commented. Kind regards
from: bellboy
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Artist Paint Pigment Particulars Please!
From: myoarin-ga on 20 May 2006 05:58 PDT
There are many sites found with the search:  making oil paints

Some sell the ingredients in practical amounts.  Buying lapis lazuli,
for example, from the source would be quite difficult, and maybe make
the production very difficult and perhaps less than satisfactory.

If your son hasn't already tried out prepared materials, I would
suggest starting with them to find out if the results really satisfy.

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