Gamblin Dry Pigments
Traditionally Japanese printers make their own ink from dry, powdered pigments mixed with water and sometimes alcohol, nikawa (animal skin glue) or gum arabic. The resulting colors are very intense and strong.
The Gamblin company uses these pure, lightfast pigments to make their high quality Artist Grade Oil Colors and Etching Inks. There are no fillers, extenders or adulterants, so each color retains the unique characteristics of that pigment, including absorption, tinting strength and texture. The pigments are all Lightfast 1 and finely ground. These pigments are truly as good as they get.
Use great care when working with dry pigments. Use gloves and a respirator or a dust mask approved for use with dry, toxic substances. Do not mix pigments and liquids near food, drink, pets or children. Do not reuse any containers pigments have been in. Once the dry pigments are mixed with water, exercise the same precautions you would using any paint or ink.
We have found that the safest way to add liquid to these pigments is to mix together 1 part water and 1 part alcohol (vodka works well), then add about 1.5oz (3 tablespoons or 44ml) of this mixture very slowly and carefully into a 4oz jar of dry pigment while wearing a mask and gloves. Cap the jar tightly and shake it to mix the liquid into the pigment. Some pigments will mix readily with water but others require the alcohol, and in either case, alcohol will act as a preservative to prevent mold. When you are sure all of the dry pigment has been mixed into the water, it is safe to open the jar and begin using it.
The colors shown below may be affected by your monitor settings and are intended to be used only as a guide.
Available in 4oz (119ml) jars. Six pigments are also available in 1lb (500ml) jars. Pigments are sold by weight and the contents will settle.
Gamblin Dry Pigments DISCONTINUED. We will no longer carry dry pigments once the current stock is gone.
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