A genuine carmine lake produced from Peruvian Cochineal, a scale insect which lives on the prickly pear cactus. The intense rich, ruby, red, colour is due to the presence of Carminic acid.
This has an incredible and long history as a pigment in paint, from the Aztecs to the Renaissance this paint has been present. It would be of great interest to a painter pursuing historical practices/materials or engaged in research/restoration.
Largely now replaced by synthetic crimsons such Alizarin or Quinacridone, this is the only natural crimson available. It is some hue, so deep and very beautiful, I have always been impressed by Alizarin Crimson but really the depth of this is on a another level.
It is a strong tinter and the tints are high chroma purples and lilacs.
Available in 40ml tubes here!
Pigment - Natural Red 4 - Cochineal
Opacity - Transparent
Binder - Linseed Oil