Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mars Black: Black Pigment Series, Part 3

MARS BLACK is also called Iron Black, or Black Iron Oxide. It was developed later than the other blacks, early in the 20th century. It is the only major black pigment that is considered non-toxic. It is dense and opaque with a warmish brown undertone.

Mars Black is one of the few non-carbon pigments. It is an artificial mineral pigment made from iron metal. Named for the god of war, Mars Black is very opaque, with approximately three times the tinting strength of Ivory Black. Mars Black is often the choice of the Neo-Expressionists and others who want make black opaque marks in thick wet paintings. It also is the leanest black and dries more quickly than Ivory.

Although I've never used Mars Black, I may give it a try. I like the fact that is nontoxic and fast drying. I would also like to try it for its warm color compared to Ivory Black.


Karine said...

I have always used "Ivory Black", but now after reading these two posts, I think I need to give mars black a try. Thanks!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I have used several different blacks. I appreciate your in depth research. I am so glad I am a subscriber.