These Watercolours are made with the finest pigments to create a range of unique colours. These paints are available in 5ml and 20ml tubes.
Wallace Seymour created this range of watercolour paints in response to the changes in the paint manufacturing industry. They felt that over the last 10-15 years, the quality and availability of traditional colours in watercolour have decreased.
Wallace Seymour Vintage Watercolour range offers a range of colours to discerning artists who value quality.
Cobalt Yellow (PY40)
Also known as ‘Aureolin’. Metal mineral pigment: deep, intense slightly warm shade at mass tone – glowing and transparent upon dilution.
Weld-Reseda (NY 2)
Hand-processed from plant stuff. Lemon yellow shade, semi-transparent.
Stil de Grain (NY 13)
Natural plant colour, hand processed from plant stuff. Transparent, glowing warm yellow.
Cinnabar, Monte Amiata - Genuine (PR106)
Natural vermilion from crushed hydro-thermic Cinnabar “Strawberries” from the Tuscan volcano, Monte Amiata.
Bright, strong mid-red, with granular effect when diluted to a wash.
Vermilion - Genuine (PR106)
Mercuric sulphide – this early metal mineral pigment has been
Essential in the artist’s palette since medieval times. Opaque, dense with good covering power – a gentle bright red when compared to Cadmium Red.
Rose Dore Genuine, Natural Madder (NR 9)
Hand-processed natural lake from plant roots. Own production. Delicate shade of madder lake.
Transparent. Reduced permanence when exposed to direct sunlight.
Thuilite, Pure Mineral Colour
Crystalline pale lilac shade, from gemstone. Hand-processed. Granular, semi-translucent. Very lightfast.
London Rose, Original Shade, Genuine Natural Rose Madder (PR 9)
Madder production in London ceased around ten years ago, with the relocation of the last producer abroad. This hand-made Madder Rose is carefully produced over a period of months to provide as close a match as possible to the type of madder lakes familiar to watercolour artists working in the 1980s, 1990s.
Carmine – Natural (NR 4)
The commercial production of standard Carmine pigment continues in the Canaries and Peru. The Cochineal insect is the base of a powerful red dye, which is further developed into a lake pigment. As used by the top cosmetic houses for lipstick but also still used as a natural base food colorant.
As a watercolour it is intense and very transparent. Reduced permanence when exposed to direct sunlight
Munich Lake. Purple Red (NR 4)
Developed from Cochineal insect, this special natural lake pigment is hand-produced in Italy in small batches. Compared to standard Carmine, the colour is more purple-red and deeper in shade. Unique. Transparent. Reduced permanence when exposed to direct sunlight
Blue John Pure Mineral Colour
Gentle lilac from pure ground mineral. Crystalline structure, shows translucency and granulation when diluted. Unique mineral colour from the old mine cavern in Derbyshire.
Lapis Ashes - Ultramarine Ashes - Genuine (PB29)
The residual “ washings” from lapis lazuli production produce a soft blue-grey pigment, which is very stable and gently transparent. As with all mineral colours, shows granulation when diluted.
Azurite Pale Pure Mineral Colour "Church Beck"
Natural mineral colour with variegated particle size (large grit is darker, pale grit is lighter in shade). Granulates when diluted and has textured finish. Semi-opaque. In former times, the Church Beck Mine in the Copper Mines Valley at Coniston yielded good quality Azurite and Malachite.
Egyptian Blue (PB 31)
Copper silicate. Artificial copper based pigment, from the English Potteries. Granular, soft blue-grey shade. Very good transparency.
Smalt, English, Blue Glass Frit, Original Recipe 1800s (PB 32)
Procued in small batches, according to early19C recipe. Granular, crystalline structure
Woad, Natural (PB 1)
European Indigo, cultivated in Italy, processed in Italy by hand. Soft blue-grey as compared to Indigo genuine. Semi transparent.
Turquoise Pure Mineral Colour
Natural mineral colour, carefully ground by hand to create a soft, delicate turquoise shade, with a crystalline structure. Shows granulation when diluted.
Malachite Pure Mineral Colour "Church Beck"
Copper carbonate mineral pigment, carefully prepared from premium quality bright Malachite. Semi-opaque. In former times, the Church Beck Mine in the Copper Mines Valley at Coniston yielded good quality Azurite and Malachite.
Kendal Green, Natural Plant Colour
Bespoke production of natural green, as used locally in production of textile garments in and around the mills of the Kent Valley in Westmorland. Ginesta and Indigo plant pigments are milled together to create the blend.
The colour may vary from batch to batch, according to tinting strength principally of the Ginesta. You can see this green in the works of Frances Towne – where the yellow component tends to fade a little, revealing more of the indigo blue. Semi-transparent.
Payne's Grey, original
Match of late 18th Century mixtures for Payne’s Grey: natural ultramarine (lapis lazuli, with Davy’s Grey and Mother Rock, a red iron oxide from the North Sea coast of Yorkshire.