End result, Good Flesh Tones

Caput Mortem (or Caput Mortuum, aka Mummy Brown or Dead Head) has legends about how it came to be.  It was likely made from the residue from the production of sulfuric acid.  The residue was colcothar.
Another legend says it was made from ground-up mummies, *ick*,
this process discontinued in the 19th century, thankfully.
I have found it ranges from the brown-purple paint on the left (preferred),
to the more common color on the right.
The color on the right doesn’t suit my mixing preferences.

I can’t believe this odd color I like so much is now made from a purple variety of hematite iron oxide (there is that hematite again,  a favorite pigment!)

I mixed Caput Mortem into many colors just to see how they mixed.
This play that also helps me learn!

In this mix for flesh tones I tried Potter’s Pink in place of the darker
Windsor Newton Caput Mortem, which I can’t quite like.
I like the flesh tone achieved.

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W16 7 21 USK PSU BERRY FESTIVAL 02 SQ

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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2 Responses to End result, Good Flesh Tones

  1. Mireya says:

    beautiful! I thoughts those swatches were blooms!

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