We have just received a very limited amount of very high grade, Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan expertly ground with single estate, cold pressed linseed oil and made into stunning paint.
It exhibits all the qualities familiar to Lapis except it is one of the deepest, richest versions I have seen, with a beautiful transparency. It also has the very slightest of sparkles, I 'd guess from a tiny amount of Iron Pyrite crystals within the rock.
Lapis lazuli has been prized for centuries as for a very long time it was the only lightfast blue available but also revered for it's rich depth of hue and crystal clarity.
From the ancient Egyptians to the Italian renaissance this paint has been used throughout history, although reserved for only the most significant and important works.
In masstone it is a slightly warm, blue. The hue seems to shift before your eyes always the sign of a high quality pigment perfectly ground. Then the transparency, it is crystal clear and when used thinly, luminous, shifting blues are produced. For glazing it is unsurpassed.
It is surprisingly good at tinting providing a good range of lush sky blues.
Please note this a 20ml tube, designed to make this very expensive pigment available to more people. This is not your average Lapis, if Lapis can ever be average.
Pigment - Lapis Lazuli, PB29
Binder - Linseed Oil
Opacity - Transparent
Drying Rate - Medium
I love this paint and colour. From a misty grey/blue to a lovely vibrancy. I could eat it!
As this is such a high grade of Lapis that is very rare I'd recommend this for glazing. I've glazed a few landscape paintings this week & the results are wonderful, adding depth & clarity which IMO can only be equalled by WS Manganese blue. Another tube of fabulous paint I really wouldn't want to be without. Thank you to Wallace Seymour & Supreme.