The mineral Azurite (see picture opposite) has a remarkable deep blue hue this is created through the natural weathering of copper ore, it is closely related to Malachite, it's greener cousin.
The ancient Egyptians whose inventions in painting and pigments have really in a lot of cases not been bettered, used this paint. The ancient Egyptians were the first renaissance!
To the paint itself, in masstone a deep blue with a very slight green edge similar to a very high grade Lapis, it has a large amount of saturation. Remarkable.
A gentle tinter, it's tints when white is added are muted blues, slightly green leaning. Slightly gritty under the knife but not obtrusive, stands up, buttery in consistency.
What an incredibly rare and special paint.
Pigment - Azurite
Vehicle - Linseed Oil
Opacity - Semi-Transparent
Tint Power - Low