Greenleaf & Blueberry Artisanal Handmade Watercolors
Color Name: Verditer
Color Index No.: PB30
Description: Smooth jewel-tone blue, similar in hue to natural Azurite, but with handling characteristics more similar to and Ochre pigment.
Verditer is a historical pigment and the synthetic form of Azurite. It is a basic copper carbonate and was widely used in the 16 and 1700s in Europe. It is known to be very stable and lightfast in watercolor (it can darken in oil).
Like Azurite, because of their copper-containing chemical compositions, this is not a pigment to be ingested and the dry pigment shouldn't be inhaled (this is why copper pots are lined).
While Verditer has a hue very similar to Azurite, it will handle very differently. If you have used both a natural pigment and its synthetic counterpart, you understand the differences that will be afoot here too. The Verditer will be smoother, finer, more homogenous, with finer particles and more straightforward handling. Azurite has a wider range of pigment particles making it a little more unwieldy, but giving it a more variegated quality.
For our Shell Pans, we use natural seashells, nature's answer to the pan. They are lightweight and durable, though have a greater chance of chipping if used roughly.
Our Shells, being a product of nature, vary in size, but usually measure between 1.5-1.75cm
Our Shells are roughly equivalent to 1/5th of a Half-Pan. Shells are a traditional and historical method of storing color. Cave artists and medieval manuscript illuminators alike chose to store their paints in shells. Our Shells are small enough to help even the most extreme minimalist justify carrying along a dab of color. Another reason that we developed this option is as a way for you to sample our more rare and expensive colors in a more affordable format.
Hope you enjoy!
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.