DANIEL SMITH Lapis Lazuli Genuine, a PrimaTek Original Oil.
Lapis lazuli has been prized for its beauty, its mystical and healing properties, and its perfection as a pigment. Ancient civilizations believed that the veins of glittering pyrite found in the lapis were actual gold, driving up its value. The stone’s expense today, as in the ancient world, results from its hardness, which makes extraction difficult, and it is only mined during the warmest months of the year. Mined in the mountains of South America, this gem-quality pigment is an opulent medieval blue. It’s a classic, concentrated blue that is extremely rich and light reflective due to the irregular and angular shape of the pigment particles. The result, for painters, is an elegant blue that is completely different from the predictable blue of synthetic ultramarine pigments.
DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek Original Oils are made from minerals which we source from all over the world. colors like Rhodonite Genuine (cool red), Malachite Genuine (warm green), and Tiger’s Eye Genuine (warm brown) plus several more in addition to our Lapis Lazuli. Lapis Lazuli was also our first PrimaTek color!
DANIEL SMITH Lapis Lazuli Genuine is at least 80% pure, lapis lazuli gem pigment suspended in a natural binder. In richness, prestige and historical precedent, there’s nothing quite like it!
Lightfastness: I (NR) – Excellent Not Rated by ASTM
Pigment: Lapis Lazuli mineral
Across the top of the mixing grid are:
Lapis Lazuli, Lemon Yellow and Rhodonite Genuine in the top squares of each column, they are pure tube color applied with a palette knife.
The second square down is each color is mixed with some DANIEL SMITH Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil Medium to thin them out and show some of their transparency. Both Lapis Lazuli and Rhodonite are transparent, and Lemon Yellow is semi-transparent. I also began mixing the Lapis Lazuli with a bit of Lemon Yellow changing the color into a transparent green in the bottom of the second square. Same with the Rhodonite, then mixing in some Lapis Lazuli resulting in a transparent purple, though the color is a bit hard to see in the mixing grid with the linseed oil reflecting some of its’ shine.
The third, fourth and fifth squares down, I began adding Titanium White turning the mixed colors more opaque and lighter as I mixed in more and more of the white.
Below are paint outs of Lapis Lazuli with 8 (out of 14 blue) DANIEL SMITH Original Oils so you can see how they compare to one another. The bottom rectangle is tube color with a bit of Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil mixed into show the colors’ properties of transparency: transparent, semi-transparent or opaque. The top two rectangles show the color mixed with Titanium White with the top one mixed with the most white.
Properties: Transparency, Lightfastness (in parenthesis), Series, and Pigment at the end.
(Excellent) 100+ years
(Very Good) 100 years
(Fair) 50-70 years
(Fugitive) 15-20 years
From left to right:
Indanthrone Blue – Transparent (Excellent) Series: 4, PB 60.
Prussian Blue – Transparent (Excellent) Series: 2, PB 27.
Phthalo Blue (RS) – Transparent (Excellent) Series: 2, PB 15.
French Ultramarine – Transparent (Excellent) Series: 2, PB 29.
Ultramarine Blue Deep – Transparent (Excellent) Series: 2, PB 29.
Lapis Lazuli Genuine – Transparent (Excellent) Series: *, lapis lazuli mineral.
Phthalo Blue (GS) – Transparent (Excellent) Series: 3, PB 15.
Cobalt Blue – Semi-Transparent (Excellent) Series: 4, PB 28.
Mediterranean Blue – Opaque (Excellent) Series: 2, PW 6, PB 15:3.
We believe you’ll love adding this unique and historical color, Lapis Lazuli Genuine, a DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek Original Oil to your palette!