The Art of Fresc1

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The Art of Fresco: Color by Sr. Lucia Wiley, CHS The technique of true fresco painting consists in the application of earth colors, or minerals, onto the surface of the wet plaster. The palette used is practically the same as that used by the Renaissance fresco painters, and covers a complete range of color. These colors are ground in water only and are, in most cases, the same colors that Giotto and Michelangelo and the early cave dwellers used. While there are new synthetic colors being developed, if possible use natural pigments. The colors must be mineral, substances taken from the earth, as these alone will resist the alkaline action of the lime, which quickly works to destroy a color with a dye or stain base.
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Unformatted text preview: In creating a palette for fresco painting, the earth colors are the easiest to find. By earth colors I mean those taken from the soil -- dirt! You have all seen plowed fields that look very red, or riverbanks and caves of golden yellow. The earth pigments range through reds, yellow, brown, to a green. We all know of them as the ochres, the siennas, the umbers, any number of reds, terra verte, and others. These are clays, which owe their color to compounds of iron or manganese and iron. These can be burned at different temperatures producing an even greater variety of colors. As would be expected these are the earliest colors known to the first painters and were universally used....
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