The Prussian Palette

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The Prussian Palette is made up of two complimentary pigments which mix to create a stunning variety of colors: Prussian Blue and Colonial Raw Sienna. This versatile palette is designed to be used alone as a simple, two pigment collection or as an addition to a larger palette of paints. 

Prussian Blue has been a favorite of artists for centuries, including Picasso, Watteau, and Hokusai. It is often considered the first modern pigment after it’s discovery in 1705. Dye-maker Jacob Diesbach was in pursuit of creating a cochineal red pigment when a chance chemical reaction occurred, creating Prussian Blue. Over time this brilliant blue has been used for more than just a pigment. Prussian Blue was essential to creating the first architectural blueprints and is also used in contemporary medicine as an antidote for heavy metal poisoning. 

The Prussian Palette pairs this vivid, modern pigment with Colonial Raw Sienna, a natural earth pigment from Hushwing’s Colonial Palette. This natural earth pigment originates in the United States and contains more opacity than natural earth pigments from Europe. Colonial pigments are preferred by artists for their powerful tinting strength.

+ Specifications

The Prussian palette consists of 2 half-size pans of handmade, professional grade watercolor. All pigments receive a permanent lightfastness rating (8, on a scale of 1 to 8) and are non-toxic.

The pigments of the Colonial Palette include:

  • Prussian Blue
  • Colonial Raw Sienna

Each pan is magnetized and packaged in a metal travel tin. All orders are shipped with a handwritten swatch card, reusable hand dyed silk ribbon, and a small sheet of 100% cotton rag handmade paper to test your watercolors with.

+ Pigment Information

Prussian Blue

  • Inorganic pigment
  • Composition: PB 27.77510
  • Chemical Formula: C18Fe7N18
  • Lightfastness: 8 (1 is poor, 8 is best)

Colonial Raw Sienna

  • Country of Origin: United States, Virginia Blue Ridge
  • Composition: Natural Loam, PY 43
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

+ Color Swatches & Charts

The image below shows color swatches true to the color of the paint. This photograph was taken in window light and has not been edited by color filters or in any way that would alter the true color of the swatch.

Mixing and color charts coming soon.

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+ The Process

During production, pigment is mulled by hand on a glass slab with a combination of gum arabic, honey, and food grade preservative. Each pigment has it’s own unique recipe that has been tested over time to ensure the perfect balance of pigment to binder. All pans are hand poured and dried in thin layers which minimizes cracking and prevents air bubbles, ensuring the pan is as full as possible. However, some cracking is normal and will appear depending on the climate and the pigment. Cracking in the pan will not affect the use or the ability of the paint to re-wet.