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Newsletter 04-2016


Kremer Pigmente



Chemical composition: HgS mineral mercuric sulfide

Mineral cinnabar is the principal ore of the metal mercury. The crushed ground ore served directly as a pigment for centuries. The historic sources for cinnabar were the famous Almaden mines in Spain which are still the world's most important source of mercury. Cinnabar is fairly widely distributed in nature and sources are known in England, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, California, Mexico and Peru.

Cinnabar is the common red crystalline form of mercuric sulfide.
Vermilion is the standard name in England and the United States given to the red artists' pigment based on artificially made mercuric sulfide. Artificial cinnabar was manufactured very early on. Geber (Jabir), the eighth- to ninth-century Arabic alchemist mentions a red compound formed by the union of sulfur and mercury.

The pigment has been known in China since prehistoric times and it has long been held in high esteem there. The artificial dryprocess vermilion does not differ from the natural mineral.

Impurities in vermilion are no satisfactory criterion of origin, however, since very pure, natural cinnabar frequently occurs in nature. Artificial vermilion, produced by the wet-process, contains very finely divided and homogeneous particles. Cinnabar is coarsely crystalline and has a bluish, carmine red color. When it is finely ground, the color approaches a reddish orange.

Cinnabar and vermilion are permanent pigments. Although it is a sulfide, it is not reactive with other pigments. In oil-medium, it was commonly used with lead white to produce flesh tints.


We present our choice of new product highlights: Spring News from the Color-Mill 2016

We present you new Pigments, Mediums, Binders, Solvents, Plant-Watercolors, Wall Paints, Linen, Canvas Frames, Brushes, Tools and Books. Be inspired by our spring news and immerse yourself in the world of colorful pigments and new opportunities for working techniques.

Here you can find the list of all new products available at Kremer Pigments Inc.

Colorful regards,

Dr. Georg Kremer & David Kremer

Spring News from the Color-Mill 2016


Lutea Plant-Watercolors

The extra-fine Lutea colors originate from noble plant materials.
The pigments are extracted from plants chosen for their high quality dyes and lightfastness. Each watercolor is subjected to research and development, from the plant production to the grinding of pigments, which are carefully incorporated with first quality binding agents. The unique beauty of the colors, their specific characteristics and their use on the painters palette will give you the privilege to rediscover and to work with a range of rare and distinguished organic colors produced with care.
Lightfastness: 5 - 6. Please store at room temperatur.

#809000 Lutea Plant-Watercolor Set, 12 tubes à 9 ml

#809001 Brown from walnut husk

#809002 Dark Green from meadowsweet

#809003 Light Green from meadowsweet

#809004 Golden Yellow from goldenrod

#809005 Light Brown from thyme

#809006 Orange from cosme

#809007 Red from madder lake dark

#809008 Pink from madder lake

#809009 Carmine from cochineal carmine

#809010 Purple from logwood purple

#809011 Blue from indigo

#809012 Gray from strawberry


Kremer Pigmente on international Trade Fairs

Kremer Pigmente at the 44. AIC Annual Meeting13. - 17. May 2016 in Montreal, Canada

American institute for conservation of historic and artistic works.

We look forward meeting you!

Paper Adhesive made of plant starch

Starch as a pure carbohydrate is used as an adhesive in the paper lamination and restauration for many centuries.
Stir in the starch into water, cook-up once and let cool down.

We offer the following starchs:

#63440 Rice Starch

#63451 Wheat Starch Powder

#634778 Shofu Nori Powder