Malachite Green

Malachite Crystal

Azurite Crystals

Azurite Crystal

Azurite and Malachite growing together in nature

Light Azurite and Light Malachite growing together in Nature. This helps to excersize your eye and mind for the painting and that’s what will make you a good artist.

Azurite Blue Powder

Azurite Blue Powder after grinding stone

Malachite Green

Light Malachite after grinding stone, preparing the pigment for the painting.

Pigments used for Tibetan Painting

Mineral Pigments used for Tibetan Painting.

Malachite is the most expensive color used in Tibetan Painting. The best Malachite can be even more expensive than gold. Since this type of Malachite is a crystal, it is very condensed, and, when broken, it generated large quantities of high quality pigment. Because of the fact that the crystal is so condensed, the process to create the pigments takes months. One has to know that there are so many different types of malachite, the best one is blue-ish, yellow-ish or deep and intense (not just dark).

Many times you find not a crystal stone, but blue and green stones growing together in nature with a soft texture (see images above). The texture gives you an idea of what the color should look like in your painting. This is a philosophy of understanding color. Most of the time, each master’s usage of color is different. The minerals are the same but the way the are applied makes all the difference. One single stone can create hundred different types of blue depending on the technique of each master and their experience.

So, in order to tell if an artist is good or bad, there’s no need to even look at the art, you can tell just by the color.

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