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Alizarin Crimson

Alizarin Crimson aka Crimson lake or Carmine Red (all very similar colors).

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THE MATERIAL

Origins:  Alizarin crimson has been used for thousands of years. Artifacts from the ancient Persians, Indians and Egyptians reveal its use for dyes and inks. Originally, was harvested by scraping a tiny beetle-like insect but in 1868, German chemist, Graebe and Liebermann discovered the chemistry behind the color.

Color:  A cool burgandy red that has some hints of blue and is very transparent. You can obtain a similar hue by mixing cadmimum red, black and a hint of ultramarine blue.

Opacity: A superior transparent tone and lightfastness but takes longer to dry than most earth pigments.

THE DECORATIVE PAINTER'S TOOLKIT

Used in woodgraining like mahogany and tropical wood because of its purple-like hue and transparency. Also used for prestigious marbles such as saroncollin, violet breccia, levanto red marble.  Because of its transparency and very saturated hue, it’s often used in murals and portraiture for over-glazing. It is a strong hue, thus it will take over quickly.   

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