In its pure state, black does not literally exist. In fact, all
substances that appear black actually have the capacity to
absorb the entire range of colours found in white light.
Carbon from animal bones calcified in a vase, rather than
ivory tusks as was in the past. A warm, intense black that
turns brownish when mixed with white. Very good
lightfastness. In oil painting, requires large amouts of binder.
Does not dry well. Suitable for all techniques, but in fresco,
Black for Fresco is preferable.
Black for Fresco
Carbon smoke soot. This black works especially well for
fresco, for which it is primarily used, but is entirely suitable
for all techniques. Very lightfast.
Iron oxide. This synthetic black is durable and very lightfast.
Creates cool gray shades. Suitable for all techniques including