[Genuine Peruvian cochineal in alum, cactus leaf sap, gold mica, green earth, pomegranate ink on traditional gesso on 640gsm archival paper]
Still used today the blood of the tiny cochineal bug that feeds on the South American cactus makes a striking red pigment. A fraught history of colonisation resulted in 72 tonnes being shipped to Spain in 1587 alone. It was tempered with acid or alkali to vary the colour.
A4 size Australian Hand-Made Tasmanian Oak Timber Frame
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