Terre Verte (Green Earth) PG23
Real Terre Verte is not so easy to use, it can not be mixed with other colors if you want a reasonably pure color as a result. It granulates heavily and is weak, in a color mixture you have to have double the amount of Terre Verte compared to other pigments to achieve balance. But it is so beautiful that this negative is outweighed by it. Mix with ultramarine violet for a beautiful gray color. Or use as it is for e.g. shadows.
Although the pigment is common in nature, it is quite often replaced with other pigments, some manufacturers do not think that genuine pigment are good enough, but mix in some other pigments to make it “better”
In real Terre Verte, the pigment is from various silicates and oxides of iron, aluminum, magnesium, etc, minerals such as glauconite, celadonite. The origin varies: Bohemia, Cyprus and other places. A natural pigment with great variety.
It is a classic pigment that has been used at least since Roman times.
Some examples of colors with real Terre Verte:
Rembrandt: Green Earth
Daniel Smith: Rare Green Earth
Blockx: Terre Verte
Winsor & Newton: Terre Verte (yellow shade)
Old Holland: Green Earth
Some examples of “Improved” pigment:
Winsor & Newton: Terre Verte (Terre Verte PG23 + Viridian PG18 + Cobalt blue PB28)
MaimeriBlu: Terre Verte (Terre Verte PG23 + chromium oxide green PG17)
Holbein: Terre Verte (Terre Verte PG23 + chromium oxide green PG17)
Some examples of Terre Verte that do not contain any real Terre Verte:
Daniel Smith: (Viridian PG18 + Burnt sienna PBr7)
Schmincke: Green Earth (Burnt sienna PBr7 + Phthal green PG7)
Sennelier: Green Earth (Burnt sienna PBr7)
Daler-Rowney (Viridian PG18 + Yellow ocher PY42 + Iron oxide black PBk11)
The real Terre Verte is a little difficult to paint with, the lumpy and are unruly. the fake colors are easier to master.
A weak pigment
It is Transparent
Like most natural pigments, the color is not staining
Quite a lot of granuleraring
Hard to mix with other colors, but is nice as it is.
The paint is so unclear that it is mix to a neutral color in with red any, see below.
- Color index name: PG23
- Lightfastness: Excellent
- Transparency: Yes
- Staining: No not at all
- Granulates: Quite a lot