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    Question asked 2019-01-10 08:22:53 ... Most recent comment 2019-01-12 08:22:33
    Pigments Mural Painting

    ​Does anyone know of a website or book that offers a complete list of pigments suitable for fresco?  The lists I find online are oriented towards historic fresco colors, or mention just a few modern colors.  I'm looking for a more comprehensive list.   


    Koo Schadler

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    I have seen a rather comprehensive list of historical and modern pigments appropriate for true fresco in Kremer Pigments US catalog.

    Brian Baade
    2019-01-10 11:30:51
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    ​Hi Koo -I have also had the same frustration over the years. I will share here what i have often shared with others - keeping in mind that this person's website is....well....Unique? Hard to navigate and find things? A touch crazy? Yes and yes and yes. Plus it reflects only his testing, but I have to admit he has more testing of modern pigments for Buon, Secco and Fresco that I know of or can find elsewhere (Sinopia, Kremer, Natural Pigments). Anyway, Don Jusko's Fresco testing can be entered from all sorts of places and unfolds in all sorts of ways, but perhaps start here:

    And here are some examples of the types of testing you will find:

    Really my only advise on navigating is just to keep clicking through. And again, understand this is one person's test but it might be better than nothing.

    Brian or Kristen might have more solid info but I do have to admit I have a fondness for these types of independent labors of love that you stumble upon.

    Hope that helps.

    Sarah Sands, Senior Technical Specialist, Golden Artist Colors
    2019-01-10 11:40:29
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    The real color wheel pages are fun and can be useful. Even if they are by one person, they are empirical and not just a regurgitation of what people have read. Thanks Sarah.

    FYI I just checked and the downloadable Kremer catalog does have their list of pigment/medium compatibility including true fresco. It is available in PDF below. BTW, you need to go all the way through it to page 93. 

    Brian Baade
    2019-01-10 21:20:27
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    Also, we are not familiar with any more substantial resources (especially about non-traditional pigments in lime fresco) other than those mentioned.

    Brian Baade
    2019-01-10 21:23:18
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    ​​Great - thanks you two, all of that is very helpful.  And I look forward to exploring Don Jusko's site, which I hadn't heard of; as a fellow independent empirical reseracher, I too appreciate those labors of love!


    2019-01-12 08:22:33

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