In the past year I began making my own watercolor paint from pigments—both purchased and wild-found.
I was very excited about this rare pigment from one of London’s oldest and finest colorists, L. Cornelissen. This is genuine Lapis Lazuli, true Ultramarine Blue in a painter’s palette.
I used natural gum arabic as the binder, and the humectant is honey.
This is a WIP: I was not 100% happy with the flow or transparency—will have to mull another batch. Each takes about 2 hours so it’s quite a commitment!
Next up: grinding found ochres from Australia’s Great Victoria Desert into fine enough powder I can make paint.