Limited Edition Colors
The natural world is rich with color. It is everywhere all the time- in the stunning displays of sun risings and settings, the the shocking plumage of birds, those bright fragile wildflower petals, in rainbows, reflections, and the ground beneath our feet. However, many of these colors are unsuitable for the artists' palette.
We have constructed a line of lightfast natural artist-grade colors covering the different areas of the spectrum. But we are artists and explorers, and therefore have an eye always wandering from our palette. We are always testing new colors, putting them through the rigors of our studio to see if they will become one of the colors that we offer. Some colors, for a host of reasons, do not pass our test. However, the ones that do will show up from time to time as Limited Edition colors.
We offer these colors when we have them. Some we fall in love with and make over and over again. Others are offered once before we move on. We do not offer these on any kind of set schedule. Below, you will see a few colors that we have offered in the past...
Greenleaf & Blueberry Limited Edition Colors:
Color Name: Red Earth
Description: A cool, earthy red that leans subtly towards plum. Reasonably wide value range. A fine grit to its physical texture. Moderate tinting strength.
Color Name: Fuchsite
Description: A color with a very elusive personality. Weak tinting strength and very limited value range. Color can be moderately intensified with very patient layers. Tiny dark flecks are present. This color is like painting with sea glass.
Color Name: Green Earth #2
Description: A deeper, cooler, more robust Green Earth when compared to the one in our Main Line, with a noticeably wider value range and more intense tinting strength.
Color Name: Turquoise
Description: A color with a very shy personality. Weak tinting strength and very limited value range. Color can be moderately intensified with very patient layers. Tiny dark flecks from the veins that run throughout natural Turquoise are present.
Color Name: Azurite
Description: A deep jewel-tone blue. Variegated display, showing navy, ultramarine, cerulean, and green in fine suspensions. Wide variety of particle sizes.
Color Name: Lapis Lazuli
Description: A soft warm velvety blue. Moderate particle size and low to moderate tinting strength. A strong tendency towards granulation. The intensity builds with the applications of layers.
Color Name: Mayan Blue #3
Description: Behaves like other Mayan colors in our line, with a tendency to flocculate. Color-wise, it is situated between Mayan Blue #2 and Mayan Green.
Color Name: Côte d'Azure Violet
Description: This color is closely related to Slate, but has a warm soft violet tone. Wide range of particle sizes give it a texture you can feel. Moderate value range.
Color Name: Grey Ochre
Description: A warm dark grey, bordering on black. Hints of brown in lighter applications. Nice tinting strength and wide value range. Fine particle size and smooth application.
New in 2018, we have introduced a line of Limited Edition Metallic Colors. These are markedly different from the rest of the colors we produce in that they are made with synthetic pigments. We decided to create this line for a variety of reasons. Genuine, natural gold, while a suitable pigment, is horrendously expensive, extremely scarce, and is mined in ways that are both ethically dubious and harmful to the earth. Silver and Pearl, while occurring beautifully in nature, do not make suitable pigments. Silver tarnishes, and the lovely iridescence of pearl is destroyed as it is ground into pigment, and therefore unfortunately does not translate into paint.
So, we have released these "Faux" renditions as representatives of beautiful colors that occur in Nature. They are affordable, non-toxic, and conflict free. Their small pigment particle size makes them an enjoyable choice for use with dip pens as well!
Greenleaf & Blueberry Limited Edition Metallic Colors:
Color Name: Faux Gold
Description: A warm, semi-deep gold. Very fine particle size. Readily re-wets.
Color Name: Faux Silver
Description: A medium silver. Very fine particle size. Readily re-wets.
Color Name: Faux Pearl
Description: A light almost-white semi-transparent metallic. Very fine particle size. Readily re-wets.