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The SEABIRDS PALETTE of NINE (with Yin Mn Blue) Artisanal Watercolor Paints, Lovingly Handmade in Burlington, Vermont

The SEABIRDS PALETTE of NINE (with Yin Mn Blue) Artisanal Watercolor Paints, Lovingly Handmade in Burlington, Vermont
The SEABIRDS PALETTE of NINE (with Yin Mn Blue) Artisanal Watercolor Paints, Lovingly Handmade in Burlington, Vermont

The SEABIRDS PALETTE of NINE (with Yin Mn Blue) Artisanal Watercolor Paints, Lovingly Handmade in Burlington, Vermont
The seabirds palette is a collaboration between my sister paola mazzoni and myself. Nestled in a new tin are the following artisanal watercolor paints, all lovingly handmade in my home studio of burlington, vermont. Pelican - a mix of french ochres with po 49 (the original and extinct quinacridone gold). Red-footed booby - a single pigment color made of scarlet red, pr 168.

Blue-footed booby - a mix of blues: pb 71 & pb 35 & pb 28. Brown booby - a mix of north american earths with the extinct benzimidazo brown, pbr 25.

Green heron - this is a very dry and flaky paint that is nevertheless easy to rewet; it is made of manganese black, norwegian magnetite, and pb 16. Gull - 100% genuine black tourmaline gemstone, milled in japan.

Pelagic - a mix of anthraquinone blue (pb 60) with maya blue (genuine indigo) and a touch of hand-gathered muscovite from pennsylvania. Magnificent frigate bird - a non toxic shimmery pigment made of aluminum oxide laminated with iron oxide. Yin mn blue - pb 86, 100% (no additives or fillers), the most recently discovered blue pigment and a very pricy one. Other than the gull / black tourmaline, these colors are all new.

However, do contact me if you would like to switch out any of the colors and we can discuss it according to availability. Green heron is on the crumbly side but rewets easily. All pigments are mixed into watercolors using my personal binder of gum arabic (made with the sap of the acacia tree), vegetable glycerin (derived from plant oils), local vermont honey, and a few drops of essential oil of southern italian bergamot.

Each batch of paint i make is quite small and the amount in each half pan may vary slightly according to the degree to which each pigment shrinks. With certain colors, cracks and some tackiness, as well as dimples, are normal and do not affect the quality of the paint. You will surely notice that the colors are so highly pigmented that a tiny amount goes a very long way and i hope these colors will give you many hours of creative pleasure.

In between painting sessions i recommend letting your watercolors air dry thoroughly before closing the palette lid in order to prevent mold. Some colors tend to dry out more than others, especially natural earths; if the cake of color should slip out of the pan, you could just put it back in and keep using it or do the following: put a few drop of water inside the empty pan; replace the cake of paint inside it loosely; wait a few minutes for the paint to soften a bit and then push the cake of paint firmly inside the pan. If you use your colors regularly this is not likely to happen, but if the colors dry out in between painting sessions just repeat this process as necessary. The half pans are magnetized and attached to the tin.

Please note that my watercolor pans are not individually wrapped: just open the tin, place a few drops of water on each color, wait a couple of minutes, and you are ready to paint.


The SEABIRDS PALETTE of NINE (with Yin Mn Blue) Artisanal Watercolor Paints, Lovingly Handmade in Burlington, Vermont