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Newsletter 08-2019

Kremer Pigmente

Caput Mortuum

Caput Mortuum is a unique brown with a violet tint. Mixing would make those dark tones when mixing dark red with black. Chemically, it is particularly pure ferric oxide (Fe2O3). It can be divided into two groups: natural and synthetic Caput Mortuum. In terms of color, there are no decisive differences that indicate the origin.
Natural Caput Mortuum is found, like the other iron oxides in many parts of the world. At times, the Persian Red was of importance. In general, Caput Mortuum applies to typical opaque pigments. However, despite the depth of shade, the natural finds often have a very hard to sandy character, which may well be desirable for wall techniques.
Synthetic Caput Mortuum was acquired very early by the alchemists. Ferrous vitriol (ferrous sulfate) was heated in retorts to the glow, whereupon sulfur trioxide escaped, which together with water gave sulfuric acid. These violet-brown residues were therefore originally a waste product, but then very much appreciated as pigments, as it was a highly pure ferric oxide without disturbing admixtures. Finally, in the middle of the 19th century, artificial iron oxides began to be produced industrially. While the lighter varieties were commonly referred to as Mars Red at the time, the darkest ones are still called Caput Mortuum today.
All Caput Mortuum varieties are indefinitely durable and suitable for all painting techniques. For soft  pigment grades in aqueous binder systems, it is sufficient to work the powder with a palette knife; in oil, it should generally be ground with the glass muller, except for the smallest quantities for immediate consumption. It is interesting that the color of the pigment turns into a richer and slightly warmer shade when oil is added. In tempera technique, as with most other earth colors, there is a considerable gain in depth after varnishing. The violet-tinged character of these pigments is particularly evident in white blends and astonishingly, beautiful violet can be mixed with the addition of ultramarine or cobalt blue! The effect is even more interesting if, for example, a thin blue glaze is added on top of a tempera layer.


Falun Red / Falu Rödfärg

The swedish city of Falun once was famous for the largest copper mines in Northern Europe.Copper extraction from ore provides a violet red iron oxide as a by-product. The Swedes have successfully protected their wooden houses with their local pigments and other regional materials such as linseed oil and rye flour for centuries. Still today, Caput Mortuum is made in this way. We offer Caput Mortuum in different shades (#48700, #48710, #48750). The iron oxide (#48220) has a similar color.


· 67 % water
· 2 % ferrous sulfate = iron (II) sulfate (#64200)
· 5 % wheat flour or rye flour (typ 1150)
· 18 % Iron Oxide pigment (as desired #48060–#48600, #48700–#48750)
· 8 % Linseed Oil, natural, cold-pressed (#73020)
· big pot

First, put the water in a big enough pot, then stir in the ferrous sulfate and bring to a boil. Mix the wheat or rye flour with cold water until it becomes a lump-free, runny pulp. Slowly mix in the flour puree into the boiling water and simmer gently for 5 minutes, continuously stirring. Bit by bit, stir the pigment (originally Caput Mortuum reddish) into the mixture and simmer gently for another 15 minutes, continuously stirring. Take the pot off the stove and work the linseed oil into the mixture. Slowly add the oil in a long, thin trickle, strongly stirring all the time to avoid the formation of an oily film. The calculated spreading rate is about 100-150 m2/ml per coat.

Adding 6 % Zinc Sulphide (#46350) will enhance the protection in exterior areas.


New Watercolor Sets

Kremer watercolors are produced following historic recipes and are all handmade in Germany. The use of selected pure pigments both modern and historic as well as natural traditional binding media ensures unique luminous quality. The fabrication of each watercolor pan requires diligence and time since they are filled layer by layer and need to be left to dry in between.

Kremer Watercolor Set Wiener Maler - Small
14 watercolors in half pans

231808 Red DPP BO, PR 254
236108 Alizarine Crimson Dark
402208 Italian Gold Ochre Light
432008 Nickel-Titanium Yellow
439208 Bismuth-Vanadate Yellow, dark
441308 Cobalt Bottle Green
441518 Cobalt Green bluish A
457008 Cobalt Blue dark
457608 Cobalt Blue Turquoise Dark
463608 Kremer White
472508 Furnace Black
501108 IRIODIN® 307 STAR GOLD, Colibri, fine

Available with order number #881039

Watercolor Set Pearl Luster - Small
8 full pans

500408 IRIODIN® 119 POLAR WHITE, Polarsilver
501008 IRIODIN® 300 GOLD PEARL, Colibri Gold
501108 IRIODIN® 307 STAR GOLD, Colibri, fine
502008 IRIODIN® 320 BRIGHT GOLD PEARL, Pale Gold
503008 IRIODIN® 500 BRONZE
504008 IRIODIN® 504 Red

Available with order number #881043


Again available:
Brilliant Yellow, Hansa Yellow

Today Hansa Yellow is often used for ecological reasons as a replacement for the toxic, leaded chrome yellow. It is an organic dye from the group of monoazo pigments. The first Hansa Yellow, Pigment Yellow 1, was launched in 1910. The azo pigments have been continuously improved over the decades. Thus, the varieties that are common today are difficult to compare with the dyes known at that time as "Hansa Yellow".

Hansa Yellows are characterized by a very good opacity. The light fastness is in full tone 8. It can be applied in watercolor, tempera, oil and acrylic paint.

Available with order number #23651
in 20 g, 100 g and 1 kg.


NEW: Fan Masterclass

Our Masterclass Fan with Kolinsky-like synthetic hair is characterized by excellent retention, snap and spring. With its unique shape the Masterclass Fan can be used for various techniques like smoothing and blending or special effects like stippling and highlighting. It is the perfect tool for a fine smooth finish or for adding texture. Suitable for watercolor and all liquid media.

#85022702 size 2: hair length 20 mm, Ø 7,7 mm
#85022706 size 6: hair length 28 mm, Ø 11 mm
#85022708 size 8: hair length 30 mm, Ø 12,7 mm
#85022710 size 10: hair length 35 mm, Ø 16 mm


Kremer Pigmente at international fairs

Urban Sketchers Symposium

30. August 2019, Augsburg, Germany

Annual educational event organized by Urban Sketchers (USk).

Salone Internazionale del Restauro

18. - 20. September 2019, Ferrara, Italy

Restoration, Museums and Cultural Business Trade Show.


27. - 29. September 2019, Cremona, Italy

International fair for handmade musical instruments.

Patrimoine culturel

24. - 27. October 2019, Paris, France

International heritage fair.