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recipe for paint

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:34 pm
by antonia
Can anyone help with recipes or sources for medieval paint?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:18 pm
by dragonskie2000
Don't know if this will help but Hazel Uzzell has compiled a booklet on Shield Paints which contains information on pigments, bases, carriers and varnish. Has apparently a colour plate of authentic paints on wood and contains recipies for making paint and varnish etc. It was 4.50UKP plus postage - but that's from some time ago so it may have gone up in price. Her email addy for ordering is:

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:22 pm
by craig1459
Jorge Kelman from the Guild of Saynte Luke - who posts on this site as Gregory23b - is the guru here for medieval painting. I'm sure he'll be along in a minute :D

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:16 pm
by gregory23b

medieval painting techniques - that will throw up a lot more than I can type about as it is such a wide subject.

I am no guru Craig.

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:19 am
by Marcus Woodhouse
Only a true Master would say such a thing. What is your bidding O Enlightened One?

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:00 pm
by gregory23b
As I said, it is a wide subject. Fresco, secco, panel, oil, egg, size, limning, wall, cloth, paper, parchment, stone, terracotta, English, Northern European, Southern European, Eastern Orthodox,....the list goes on, recipes and sources for each accordingly.

Medieval paint is too general a request, similar to asking for medeival weapons...

The google tip is a fair one in that respect as the question was so broad. Failing that contact a reputable art supplier as they tend to have a range of books to suit their stock, Cornellissens is a good start too.

Bidding? about 2p.

Paint pigments etc

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:21 pm
by greenland_and_game
Hi All,

We are currently supplying re enactors/artists (some are both) with raw rocks and minerals for the purpose of bashing, mashing and general pulverising to make authentic pigments.

by all means send a list of "wants" for your palette and we'll try sourcing the more obscure for you.

We ordinarily stock - azurite, lapis, malachite, orpiment and cinnabar - thanks to Jorge for the information.

We'll be at Blore this weekend if you're there - come and introduce yourself.

plain canvas 20ft marquee with blue knobs on is pretty easy to find.

As has been said elsewhere - if we don't know if its suitable for your period we won't sell it to you without further investigation. It makes for a good trader.

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:39 am
by gregory23b
I have to say the azurite I bought is lovely.

More please.

Will email you.