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How to use dry pigment powders

I am often told how beautiful my pigment powders are, the colours, so vibrant!  And then the question comes…But…what do I use them for?

Fair question!  But using dry pigment powder opens up so many possibilities to enhance your creative life! Read on to learn some common ways how to use dry pigment powders.

Non-toxic pigments

All of our dry pigment powders are non-toxic, safe for the environment and safe for you.  We hope you can replace the more toxic pigments with our range of natural and synthetic, sustainable and environmentally friendly pigments.  Having said that, when using our dry pigment powder please always wear a respirator so as to avoid inhaling the powder.  And it can’t hurt to use nitrile gloves either!

Make Paint

Ok, so the obvious and most common use for dry pigment powder is to make your own paints.  These can be artist paints, like watercolours or oil paints, or house paint or furniture paint.   Each uses a different binder and will produce different results for different applications.

Lime wash

Limewash is a very traditional paint that has been used for more than a thousand years in many countries around the world.  It’s very a simple paint type which is literally just made from natural lime and water.  Limewash can be used for many applications both inside your house and for the exterior.  You can mix any of our pigments with lime wash to create paint, and each dry pigment product page has information on how to do so, and samples of what colour it will produce.

Milk Paint

Milk paint is eco-friendly and created using natural ingredients like clay, milk protein, lime, and pigment.  It’s water-based, safe, and breaks down easily. It dries in less than 30 minutes, unlike oil paints that take a whole day. You can apply milk paint on various surfaces indoors and outdoors without needing to use primer or sanding.   Mix the pigment powder in either dry or wet, to achieve the colour you need.

Colour Cement

You can mix dry pigment powder into cement to add colour to your home.  For any cement product, you generally use up to 10% pigment compared to the cement weight.  Usually, you mix the pigment with water in a small container and then add to the cement, but of course follow the instructions of your particular brand of cement.

Oxides create stronger tints, than ochres and earth pigments.  White cement differs from gray and the aggregate colour also matters.  So experiment with small quantities.


Creating watercolours is a relaxing hobby for me, and it’s not as difficult as it may seem.   Watercolours are made of dry pigment mixed in a liquid binder made from gum arabic. This binder also contain distilled water, a humectant such as honey or glycerine, and a preservative to keep the paint stable.

To make watercolour paint, place dry pigment powder onto a glass slab, add the liquid binder, and use a glass muller to mix and grind the pigment into the binder. Once the colour is dispersed evenly, which might take as little as 15 minutes, or up to an hour, each pigment is different, the paint can be put into pains or tubes.  Every dry pigment is different in how much binder it needs, but. on average, about 10g of colour powder can fill around two paint pans.

how to use dry pigment powder

Acrylic paint

Making homemade acrylic paint is very similar, but obviously enough, you mix the pigment with acrylic medium to get the exact colour you need.  First, you mull the pigment on a glass slab, similarly to watercolour making, starting with a ratio of 1:1, water to pigment. Once the pigment is ground and well dispersed, mix the pigment into a commercial acrylic medium. 

Oil paint

Making oil paint is again, very similar.  Place some dry pigment on a glass slab, add linseed oil, and mull the paint until the pigment is well dispersed through the oil. Again, each pigment will take a different amount of oil, and take a different amount of time to mull properly,  But the process is very relaxing, and you learn so much about each pigment when you make your own paints!

Egg tempura

Egg Tempera painting is unique, producing crisp, luminous effects that differ from oil. To make egg tempera paint, crack and egg and separate the yolk.  Make sure you remove all of the white.  Break the yolk sac and drip the yolk into a dish. (Throw away the sac)

Add 5 teaspoons of water and mix with the yolk. To keep it fresh, add a few drops of white vinegar.  Mix some of the yolk mixture into the dry powdered pigment, then mix it up until it has a texture like heavy cream.  Now paint!

Remember, egg tempera dries very quickly, so make only a small amount each time.

All of our earth pigments are suitable for making egg tempera paint.


Discovering the world of natural and synthetic earth pigments is like embarking on a journey through time and nature. These unique colorants not only connect us to the artistic practices of our ancestors but also allow us to infuse our modern creations with the essence of the earth itself. So, gather your pigments, let your creativity flow, and create artwork that speaks to the very heart of our planet.

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