Greenleaf & Blueberry Artisanal Handmade Watercolors
Color Name: Pyrrole Red
Pigment: Pyrrole Red
Pigment Index No.: PR254
Description: A bright, fiery red. Dilutes to a rosy pink. Intense tinting strength, fine particle side, moderate dispersion and value range, rather opaque and staining.
Like our Quinacridone Magenta, Quinoxalinedione Yellow, and Phthalocyanine Blue and Green, Pyrrole Red is a synthetic organic hybrid, which means they are synthetic single pigments bound to a natural mineral base. As a result they will have behavior characteristics in common with both synthetic and natural pigments. These won't handle the same as synthetic colors from other paint lines.
What is Pyrrole? It does not occur naturally in nature, and was first discovered in the 1830's, and finally isolated in the 1850's. It is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound, which refers to its molecular structure, which contains a ring of atoms of at least two different elements. Pyrrole pigments were developed by the automotive industry due to their great resistance to photodegredation (they are very lightfast).
As specialists in natural pigments, why on earth are we offering this color? We are very intentional when we stray from natural and historical pigments. While Cinnabar (natural Vermillion) is an extraordinarily beautiful color, it is highly toxic (mercuric sulphide). We prefer not to work with it in our studios, but it leaves a hole in our palette. Where the pigment that nature offers is unsuitable (too toxic, unstable, too rare), we turn, with much thought, to modern alternatives.
We work with standard white plastic Half-Pans. They are therefore durable and lightweight. They also fit into most metal bijoux boxes and watercolor travel boxes.
Our Half-Pans measure: 2cm x 1.7cm x 1cm
Half-Pans are a great choice for artists who are going for a minimalist approach and tend to seek all of their supplies in tiny lightweight versions and for artists who love to carry as many colors as possible while still managing space and weight. They are also a nice way to try out a color that is new to you.
Further information about our watercolor paints is available here.
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