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Old 02-03-2012, 03:56 PM
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Re: Natural vs. Synthetic Earth Colors

I have a Russian Raw Umber paint tube which brand name is " Raw umber from Leningrad". Actually, it contains 3 different pigments:
1) synthetic Mars Brown - Pbr7
2) Glauconite green earth - PG23
3) natural Feodosian brown earth Pbr6?

Yellow ochers manufactured in St. Petersburg artists paints factory said to be natural because they have a large natural ocher deposit which is not depleted and their natural ocher today are less expensive than synthetic product.
But Burnt Sienna seems to be synthetic paint.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:42 PM
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Re: Natural vs. Synthetic Earth Colors

One of the differences beteen natural pigments and synthetic pigments is cost. I have no doubt that synthetic pigments have replaced natural pigments solely for this reason--synthetics are cheaper. Natural pigments have pretty much disappeared from the standard paint lines-- you know what those are.

However, Daniel Smith is bringing mineral colors back to the market in their Primatek line. I have very much enjoyed using Primatek paints.
Marigold if you want natural pigments, this is the place to start:


There is also Rublev Natural Pigments, which sells both natural and synthetic pigments:


Closer to you is Kremer Pigmente, one of the very best sources for pigments:

(And then there's my latest methods, finding rocks and pulverizing them into pigments!)

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:45 AM
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Re: Natural vs. Synthetic Earth Colors

To be honest, it's quite hard to tell. But it depends on you, on what you're going for. Most of the time I would go for natural but in this case I think synthetic has the advantage.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:50 AM
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Re: Natural vs. Synthetic Earth Colors

Thanks all! I have brought back from Florence a selection of earth colors from different Brands, Maimeri Puro, Michael Harding, and the Maimery Natural Italian earths series. I am looking forward to testing them and comparing to the synthetic earths that I already own.

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