I have used the De Mairo Lapis Lazuli pigment in more than 10 paintings, on grounds of Ivorine, Luma-surface, Plate Bristol, and Ivory, and found it to be a superior pure glowing color of rich deep blue .For the purpose of glazing techniques, it is perfect.
The product is ground extremely fine there is not a trace of grit, and mixes readily with Linseed oil, and Poppy oil, for paintings in oil colors. When mixed, it also combines readily with regular tube oil colors, and with the medium of Turpenoid and Liquin original or Liquin Gel.
DeMairo pigment mixes well with Gum Arabic and Glycerin and water for water color paintings, it also combines easily with regular tube water colors and tablet water colors and has a wonderful glow.
De Mairo pigments are permanent, and a joy to use, especially on the semi- transparent ground of Ivory, Ivorine, Luma-surface, and tIvorine. Plus the opaque surface of Polymin, and Linen canvas.
And in the case of water based colors, Strathmore Plate Bristol and Winsor & Newton Hot press surfaces.
I am very happy to not only to teach the traditions of the miniature technique, but to be able to use the very same ground pigments which have been used for 1,000 years, the colors of which, particular in illuminated manuscripts and books, have retained their colors to the present day.
About the Author : Joan Cornish Willies, the great British miniature painter and teacherof Historic miniature painting techniques is an esteemed member of Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers, England.
Washington DC Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptor & Gravers. USA.
Hilliard Society, England. Miniature Artists of America, Miniature Art Society of Florida.
Past Fellow N.A.M.E. She is an Author of many Best selling books like “ Miniature Painting, techniques & Applications” Work published by Watson & Guptil, New York. Video “The enchanted Art of Miniature Painting” distributed by Jerry s Artarama. Contributor to Doll House miniatures Magazine, The Artist Magazine, Nutshell News, Rolls Royce Year Book, Victoria Magazine. Dick Blick catalogue. She is also Listed in “Who’s Who of British artists.” Her Painting is in the Ballet division, of the permanent collection of the United States Lincoln Library New York.