Ultramarine Blue has a fabled history. It is naturally derived from the semiprecious gemstone lapis lazuli. It gets its name from the Latin, meaning beyond the sea, since the best source of lapis was in the northeastern corner what is now Afghanistan. (more…)
R&F has long carried two varieties of filtered beeswax; white and yellow. This granulated beeswax can be purchased in bulk, for artists who are interested in making their own encaustic medium, or who wish to use the beeswax alone.
Our white beeswax is a light creamy off-white. Our yellow beeswax has always been a slightly deeper pale yellow. While there is certainly some difference between the two colors, we have decided to change our choice of yellow beeswax to a bolder, less pale variety. R&F’s new yellow beeswax is a bright, golden yellow, that stands with distinction next to our soft, luminous white beeswax.
In processing this variety of yellow beeswax, crude beeswaxes are chosen which are known to produce a deeper color wax after filtering. These waxes are then filtered in a way which removes the brown coloring agents in the beeswax, while leaving a percentage of the red colorants behind. This yellow beeswax is a popular choice in the candle making industry, due to its warm, natural appearance.
We feel that this wax will give our customers more options when it comes to the color of their beeswax, because while the yellow wax can be used by itself, it can also be mixed with our white beeswax to give you a range of color options.
The thing about color that every artist comes to understand is that colors do not exist by themselves in the abstract. (more…)
A pigment is just a chemical that, due to its chemistry, absorbs certain wavelengths of light and reflects those wavelengths it doesn’t absorb. What it reflects is its color. Sounds simple enough. But when you think about it, it’s almost surreal that the chemicals that compose a color in no way look like it. (more…)