Natural Ochres & Earth Pigments

Natural Ochres & Earth Pigments

ochre earth pigments

You can now buy a pack of four 30ml pots of earth pigments with red ochre, yellow ochre, white clay & black ochre. The ochres come with an information sheet and are packed in a convenient re-sealable bag.

These powdered natural pigments can be mixed with different substances, such as water, saliva, oil, wax, diluted PVA, egg yolk, paint, varnish, etc...

natural ochres earth pigments pack

Indigenous Aboriginal paint was traditionally made from ochre, which are natural earth pigments from rocks. In rock form, the ochre has a crumbly to hard texture, the rock that ochre comes from is heavily coloured by iron oxide and includes the colours yellow, red and brown. The difference in colour is due to the ecological conditions apertaining to that site, the crystalline structure and the specific minerals in the rock. White ochre is commonly produced from kaolin or pipe clay, often found in creek beds. Black was normally from charcoal. The different ochre rocks and charcoal was ground down to form powders.

The paint itself is made of tiny coloured colloidal (floating) particles in a liquid. The liquid can be a solution of water or saliva mixed with a binder such as egg white, orchid, turtle eggs and even blood. The paint was applied using a variety of methods, including brushes made from hair or chewed twigs!

The Indigenous Aborigines have traditionally painted this way for many thousands of years. And because the majority of the paints were made without a binder (saliva was quite common), the earth pigment was not protected from the weather, which literally washed them all away. Consequently, only the rock art found in sheltered caves and rock over hangs have survived. Nowadays, Aboriginal artists commonly use readily available synthetic binders.

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