Paint made with featured ingredient: Genuine Shellac

[Shellac, denatured alcohol, cochineal, vermillion, genuine peat earth, oak gall ink on traditional gesso on 640gsm archival paper]


Shellac is the harvested sticky substance deposited on tree bark by the Lac beetle as she makes her way along the tree. While shellac pops up in a few 20th century tempera recipes it is not as common, perhaps because it yellows with age or that it was often thought to be from the wings of the beetles and therefore an act of cruelty to use. Beetles are just as important as bees and butterflies in the nature of diversity, I look forward to painting more of these fascinating creatures. 


A4 size Australian Hand-Made Tasmanian Oak Timber Frame

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