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Newsletter 02-2016

Kremer Pigmente

Purple - Color of Imperators and Kings

Tyrian purple was one of the most costly organic coloring matters of the ancients. It was prepared from several mollusks or whelks, including Murex brandaris and Purpura haemostoma, which are found on the shores of the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Huge quantities of these mollusks were used for dyeing fabrics in classical times.


We produce Tyrian purple from the shellfish, Purpura Lapillus, which excretes the fluid from which the dye is gained. Traditionally marking the dress of emperors, kings and chief magistrates, 1 gram of this dye is made from the secretion of 10,000 of these large sea snails.


This purple color is remarkably stable, resisting alkalis, soap, and most acids. It is insoluble in most organic solvents.


Tyrian purple was used in the preparation of a purple ink and in dyeing parchments upon which the codices of Byzantium were written. Whelks that produce the purple dye, are also found on the coasts of the British Isles, and they furnished the purple color for some of the early English, Irish and French manuscripts (Thompson).


The color went out of use in about the 8th century, though it may have been used occasionally up until the 11th century.



Recipe: Acrylic Gesso

Applied as a thin ground on canvas or paper, this gesso provides an elastic surface. Thicker gesso layers can be sanded if applied onto wood.


200 g Marble Dust,extra white (#58500)

400 g Blanc Fixe (#58700)

150 ml Plextol® D 498 (#76000)

10 g Cellulose Glue K 1000, thick (#63610)

100 g Kremer Color Paste - Titanium White (#27000)

700 ml Water (#65000)

Sieve, fine 


Dissolve 10 g of the Cellulose Glue K 1000 thick (#63610) in 700 ml of water (#65000). Add the Plextol D 498 (#76000), Marble Dust (#58500) and Blanc Fixe (#58700). To make the Gesso opaque, add 100 g Color Paste Titanium White (#27000). Strain the gesso through a fine sieve.

This recipe will give about 1 liter of gesso.


Kremer Pigments on international meetings and trade fairs

Farbe, Ausbau & Fassade

02. - 05. March 2016, München / Munich

Europe’s trade fair for facade design & interior architecture.

We look forward meeting you at our booth 317 in hall A2!


NAMTA, Texas

06. - 09. March 2016, Houston

The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA®) is dedicated to promoting the art/creative materials industry. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors, importers, and independent reps from around the world.


Perilla Oil

Slow drying plant oil

Perilla Oil (#73630) is obtained from Labiate Perilla ocymoides and is appropriate as an additive in varnishes. It is similar to linseed oil, but has a higher iodine value and lower fatty acids. Therefore perilla oil should not be used for artist purposes, nor white or bright paints.

Velvesil Plus

Solvent gel for cleaning

Velvesil Plus (#87082) is a crosspolymer that consists of cyclosiloxanes with PEG. It’s a very solid gel. Velvesil Plus can be mixed with water and a multitude of solvents (up to 20%) according to the cleaning effects. It can be used very precisely and even on paper or parchment. Velvesil Plus can be removed with Cyclomethicone D4 or D5.

Only remainders available!

Since the following product is no longer being produced, we can only offer you the remainders in stock.


New Courses in Aichstetten

The knowledge of pigments, of their use and application is a foundation of painting and restoration. In our courses the experienced teachers will show you a wide range of pigments and binders and you have the opportunity to work with selected materials according to historic recipes. The teaching language is German.

Pigmentherstellung und -verwendung

Aquarellfarbe, Ölfarbe und Eitempera

am 13. und 14. April 2016 in Aichstetten


Eigenschaften, Herstellung und Verwendung

am 15. April 2016 in Aichstetten