Enkaustikos Encaustic Hot Stick Caput Mortuum

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  • Caput Mortuum is a single pigment paint, one of Enkaustikos' iron oxide pigments. It is a deep transparent mauve brown with a low tinting strength. When tinted with whites the mauve tone becomes more prevalent. The original Caput Motuum pigment was made from ground up mummies, however that practice was discontinued in the 1800's. Other paint names for Caput Mortuum are Cardinal Purple, Egyptian Brown, and Mummy Brown. Great for glazing or for use in tonal paintings and portraiture, Caput Mortuum is most similar to Micaceous Iron Oxide in colour. The difference being MIO has a redder undertone, whereas Caput Mortuum has a purple undertone.
  • Pigment:PR101, Natural Hematite Iron Oxide
  • Opacity:Semi-Transparent
  • Lightfastness: I

"Enkaustikos encaustic paints are made from the finest ingredients: we select the most beautiful pigments, the finest Damar Gum, and US Pharmaceutical Grade Refined Natural White Beeswax. Our paints contain no bleach or synthetic adulterants whatsoever. Using these main ingredients, we manufacture a full color range of professional encaustic paints. Extremely versatile, Hot Sticks® are ideal for encaustic printmaking, painting, rubbings, and a multitude of mixed media techniques."


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