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 metal Eighth-Pans. They are made of steel, and will therefore stick to magnets. As described by the name, these pans hold one quarter the volume of paint as a Half-Pan, and one eighth the volume of paint as a Full Pan.
Eighth-Pans measure: Length: 1/2", Width: 1/2", Height: 1/8"
All of the metal pans we work with are designed and manufactured by Art Toolkit, specifically for watercolor painting.
Eighth-Pans are compatible with our Travel Palettes in Pocket Palette and Micro Palette sized, which are Art Toolkit Pocket Palettes & Demi Palettes. These palettes are extremely lightweight and packable palettes (about the size of a business card). They are an excellent way to justify carrying along a color palette, no matter where your journey will be taking you.
Eighth Pans are an especially good way to store colors you don't go through as quickly, and they are also a great way to sample new colors.
Further information about our watercolor paints is available here.
Please be aware that every monitor and screen displays colors a little differently. We have done our very best to show our colors as they appear in your hand.