Our Extrafine Handmade Watercolor Monte Amiata Burnt Sienna is prepared with pure Monte Amiata Burnt Sienna inorganic mineral pigment. This is a natural earth with hydrated iron and manganese oxides extracted in Tuscany. It is not known when the quarrying of the row material started, the Italian botanist Pier Antonio Micheli mentions it in 1733, but it was probably already used in Etruscan times. Monte Amiata Burnt Sienna is obtained from the “raw” form by calcination. C. Giannetti, an Italian chemist, written in 1873 “presso le cave di dette terre la Società sta per costruire appositi formi per la calcinazione delle terre gialle [per ottenere la terra di Siena bruciata]”, at the quarries of Monte Amiata the Company building special molds for the calcination of the yellow earth [to obtain burnt Sienna].
The Extrafine Handmade Watercolor Monte Amiata Burnt Sienna is made in Italy by Nila Colori and is prepared with this pure pigment, is prepared with this pure pigment, is transparent and extremely lightfast.
Monte Amiata Burnt Sienna pigment is milled with just the right amount of a mixture of Kordofan gum arabic (binder) and vegetable glycerin (humectant and plasticyzer). These are the ingredients which are historically the main characters in the production of the watercolors and which give the best results regarding ease and pleasantness of painting. We don’t add any filler or any other organic compound, which might alter the color over time.
Natural earth with hydrated iron and manganese oxides
Lightfastness: BWS 8/8