BirbMember Box - August/September/October

BirbMember Box - August/September/October

Yes! Here she is. The new BirdMember Package with paints of August, September AND October. I'm so proud we could create this package for you again. I've added new goodies for you to try. Let's get into the paints and goodies. 

Natural Malachite

Natural malachite pigment is derived from the mineral malachite, a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. Malachite is known for its vibrant green color and distinctive banded or swirled patterns. The pigment is created by grinding the malachite into a fine powder.

Found in the oxidized zones of copper ore deposits, it forms these captivating green patterns. These patterns, created by layers of the mineral, make malachite a geological masterpiece.

In ancient Egypt, malachite wasn't just a mineral; it was a symbol of power and protection. Egyptians ground it into a fine powder, creating a vibrant green pigment used in everything from ceremonial artifacts to eye makeup.

Fast forward to the Renaissance, a time when artists sought richness and depth in their pigments. Malachite, with its unique green hue and natural bands, became a favorite. Have you ever noticed the intense greens in Renaissance paintings? Malachite might have played a role, lending an otherworldly quality to the art of the time.

Natural Indigo

Natural indigo pigment is derived from the leaves of the indigo plant, scientifically known as Indigofera tinctoria. The extraction of this beautiful pigment is quite labor intense. 

  • Leaves: The deep blue color in natural indigo comes from the leaves of the indigo plant. The leaves contain a substance called indican, which, through a fermentation process, is converted into indigo.

  • Fermentation: Traditionally, the leaves are soaked in water and left to ferment. During this process, enzymes break down the indican into indoxyl, which then reacts with oxygen in the air to produce indigo. The insoluble indigo particles settle at the bottom.

  • Precipitation: The settled indigo is then collected and dried. The drying process typically involves creating cakes or blocks of indigo pigment.

Natural indigo has a rich history, dating back thousands of years. It has been used in various cultures, from ancient civilisations in Mesopotamia to the textile traditions of India and China. Indigo was a highly valued commodity in ancient trade routes. It was often referred to as "blue gold" due to its importance and demand.

Vintage Cobalt Blue

I got this pigments some time ago when I bought a hole box of pigments from people who just lost their grandfather. He was apparently an artist who made his own paints. This specific Cobalt Blue is from the brand "Old Holland Scheveningen" and dates back to the 1960s. 

Cobalt blue is often made from cobalt aluminate (CoAl2O4), a compound of cobalt, aluminum, and oxygen. This compound contributes to the pigment's bright blue color.


Other Goodies in this package

  • Paper sample from SCHUT. A dutch paper brand that is over 400 years old. When I was starting out with watercolors, I really liked this brand. The structure is very interesting and heavy granulating patins tend to get "stuck" in the texture. Making it even more beautiful. It's not cotton but it is 100% wood free cellulose. 
  • Paint dot of "Rhysand". A super dark purple that almost looks black. Made to mimic the night sky just before it turns pitch black. It contains Manganese Violet, Cerulean Blue and Lamp Black. 
  • A Cute Sticker
  • A binder clip to help you keep your sketchbook open. 

Enjoy your package and Happy Painting! 




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