Our exclusive PrimaTek colors are unique paints made with pure, authentic mineral pigments that are mined directly from the earth and each one has a story. These colors have captured the imagination of artists for hundreds or even thousands of years. Their diversity is amazing, see the following for details about some of our favorite shades.
Our Minnesota Pipestone is the real thing. There is a national monument at Pipestone Minnesota where the stone is quarried in small amounts and made into pipes and other objects by native carvers. We purchased some of this mineral and converted it into pigment through our proprietary slow grinding process. Minnesota Pipestone has intriguing layers of granular texture. Radiant pink overtones accentuate an underlying golden glow that adds a new dimension to artwork.
Vivianite, named after the English mineralogist F.G.Vivian, is a rare mineral of secondary origin that exhibits an intense dark blue masstone with a slight reddish blue undertone. It has been identified in medieval paintings in Germany and in English medieval plychromy. The school of Cologne used it to depict skies in the 13th and 14th century.DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek Watercolors - 15ml Tubes