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Posted By: George O'Hanlon
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Joined Date: Jun 15, 2004

Glass may add some texture and sparkle to watercolor but not to the degree you may imagine.

We are also located in California and the "toxic thing" is also a oncern but there are ways to protect yourself.

George O'Hanlon Technical Director Natural Pigments
Posted : Sep 27, 2017
Posted By: mlaiuppa
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Joined Date: Sep 23, 2017

I was looking through some of the different things Natural Pigments offers and came across finely ground lead crystal glass and how the Venetians added it to their paint. Oil paint. 

I only do watercolor but was wondering if anyone had experimented with adding finely ground glass to their watercolor paint. Would it provide any sort of texture or sparkle to a thin wash? 

Also, would using a paint with finely ground glass in it eat up my brushes? 

How careful would I have to be in disposing of my water? Would the finely ground glass be toxic to the environment?

 


I use Daniel Smith and have been really happy with the Primatek line so am eager to add some Natural Pigments single pigment natural earth colors to my Daniel Smith. This finely ground glass sounds very interesting too. Though I'd ask before I placed any orders. 

 

BTW I am in California so the toxic thing is an issue for me. 

Painting in watercolor since 1966 and 2015
Posted : Sep 23, 2017

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