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  1. That is not Cassel earth — I have used it before by Maimeri Classico and it is far deeper and darker than this fake sample

    • Hi Carlos –

      Actually the Cassel Earth highlighted in this article is a genuine natural bituminous earth, NBr 8, that is imported from France. It also happens to be the same pigment found in our French Cassel Earth in our line of Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, where we also have a genuine Van Dyke Brown made from a different source of this rare pigment. Unfortunately most companies use a blend of other pigments to simulate this color, and therby losing much of its subtleties, and that might be some of the difference you are noticing. For example, Maimeri Classico is a blend of PBk9 Bone Black, PBk7 Carbon Black, and PBr7 Calcined Natural Earth, while Maimeri Puro’s Van Dyke Brown is a simpler blend of PBk9 Bone Black, PBr7 Calcined Natural Earth. In fact we are one of the few remaining companies to still make this from a genuine historical pigment, which we are very proud of. Lastly, we would also want to note that genuine Cassel Earth in acrylics will appear lighter and more translucent than in our Williamsburg Oil Colors line due to the inherent difference in pigment loading between acrylics and oils.

      We hope that helps provide you with information about the difference in appearance between genuine Cassel Earth versus blends you might find elsewhere. If you have any other questions always feel free to ask.

  2. Whenever shopping for a Van Dyke Brown, I always make sure it contains authentic Cassel Earth. Theres no substitute for that sticky grungy effect in glazes. One of my magic secrets.

    Great new look and features for the Just Paint archive.


    • We love the real stuff too! Although we also want to be upfront that, while we have tested both our Cassel Earth and genuine Van Dyke Brown sources for lightfastenss to make sure they do well, it is a pigment with a mixed reputation, and of course using it in very thin glazes will make it more vulnerable to fading. So always make sure to ask about the lightfastness testing it has gone through when buying it.

      And thanks for the warm feedback on the new look and features! We love it too.


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