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12 Traditional Chinese Painting Pigments[ChinesePigments]

12 Professional grade traditional Chinese painting pigments in a silk brocade gift box! They come in cake or powders forms with 12 1-3/4" dia ceramic saucers. The box size: 7-1/2" x 9-3/4" x 2".  

Made by Jiang Si Xu Studio which is one the oldest Chinese painting color brand based in Suzhou. The 12 colors are:  

 1. Indigo ████ 

      A transparent plant color. This is one of the most useful color in Chinese painting. Complementary to umber in traditional Chinese landscape painting. Mix with ink to make blue gray, and combine with gamboge to make green leaves. 

 2. Azurite Blue ████ 

      An opaque mineral color (azurite powder). There are three tones from dark to light and this is the third one(light). Used for thick leaves, rocks and sky. Use on the back of rice paper with transparent blue on the front to avoid chalkyness. 

3. Mineral Green ████ 

      An opaque mineral color made of malachite powder. In traditional blue-and-green landscape painting, after a layer of transparent green is applied to the front side, this opaque green is applied to the backside of rice paper to create the final effect. Avoid using it alone on the front side of the paper. Always combined with vegitable colors or ink. Or, it will look chalky. 

4. Ocher(Umber) ████ 

      A semi-transparent mineral color. A brown color made from the yellow soil. Ideal for painting earthy landscapes, tree trunks and flower stems. 

5. Chrome ████ 

     A opaque yellow color. Good for flowers, mix with blue to make green for leaves and trees. 

6. Scarlet ████ 

      A transparent plant color. This bright Chinese red is often mixed with vermilion and rouge for red peony or roses. 

7. Crimson ████ 

      A opaque Mineral color. Often used in flower and birds. 

8. Carmine ████ (390) 

      A transparent plant color. A beautiful crimson for flowers. Often combined with rouge to paint flowers. 

9. Vermilion ████ (399)

      A semi-opaque mineral color,good for painting orange red flowers, maple leaves and autumn foliages, or washing sunset sky. 

10. Sky Blue ████ 

     This Chinese blue is a transparent plant color. Mix with gamboge yellow to make various greens in landscape and leaves. 

11. Rouge ████ (400)
      A transparent plant color. A very rich dark red for flowers; diluted with water or white to make cool pink for plum blossoms, or add a red tinge to leaves or branches.

12. Chinese White ¦¦¦¦
      It is  an opaque mineral color. Often applied to the back of rice paper to enhance the whiteness of paper, such as waterfalls in landscape painting or the the white furs on animals. Mix with carmine or rouge for paint pink flowers, mix with gamboge for stamens and pollen.


* To use put the color cakes inside a dish with hot water, then they will melt. With Vermillion, scarlet, and indigo, this is the only way to use them, Umber and sky blue will melt with regular tap water.

** The white powder comes with a bag of gelatine glue(mingjiao) for mixing. You may also added a little glue to azurite powder and malachite because with just water it came off the paper. Soak the gelatin in cold water over night then add hot water(1:8) to dilute it and grind pigment with finger tips. Here are some videos of how to mix the white powder with gelatin glue on Youtube.

And you can also find video on how to mix gelatin 



Q: What is the difference between the western watercolor and the Chinese painting color?

A: The difference is in the binding glue, source material and opacity.
Western watercolor is designed to be used on watercolor paper which is none absorbent, and stretched before painting, whereas Chinese watercolor is suitable to paint on rice paper stretched after painting. If you use western watercolor on rice paper, the color will run and bleed when the painting is wet-mounted, but Chinese painting color is with more stable binder. Still if if you like to use heavy colors in your sumi or Chinese painting, I'd suggest you to use our silicone paper to dry-mount them.

Traditional Chinese watercolor is made from natural dyes and minerals rather than finer pigment particles in western watercolor. Please do not try to use Chinese painting color on regular watercolor paper especially the mineral colors because they are more opaque, not transparent. They are supposed to be used on the wrong side of rice paper.

Finally, I found western watercolor is very difficult to blend with sumi ink--they tend to be muddy or dirty when mixed and applied on rice paper. Chinese painting colors, on the other hand, are very friendly with sumi ink, which serves as the "bone" of Chinese painting. They could be mingled together to create all kinds of colorful gray tones often seen in Chinese paintings.


If you have any questions please send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.



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