MAYAN Blue Genuine - Found on temple walls, sculpture, pottery and even painted on subjects for human sacrifice.
The exact method of how Mayan Blue was traditionally made has been debated amongst scientists for years. However all agree on the existence of two elements, a plant-based material (Indigo dye) and an inorganic material (clay mineral), which were bonded together over a heat source.
Also present in the structure of Mayan Blue is the pigment yellow, which was likely formed during the oxidation of the indigo plant as it was heated, giving it its greenish tone. By changing variables in heat, the Mayans were able to adjust the greenish tone and create various distinct blues.
Mayan Blue has a strong vibrant colouring, but what is most impressive is its permanence. Hundreds of years and exposure to the elements has left the pigment virtually unchanged. It resists temperatures of up to 250°C, exposures to strong acids, alkalis and organic solvents. None of which are recommended on your watercolour paintings!
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