Maya Blue is a transparent black-blue with high tinting strength, fine grained and a 'short' buttery paint. Maya blue is indigo on a base of palygorskite clay (formerly attapulgite) that are the principal components. (Gettens, 1962; van Olphen, 1966; Kleber, et al., 1967) This produced a remarkably stable pigment used by the ancient Mesoamericans. Rublev Colours Maya Blue is ground in linseed oil without the use of stearates or other additives that affect the behavior of the pigment in oil. The pale linseed oil used to make this color is well aged and refined to provide higher levels of reactivity and oxidation than raw oil.
COMPOSITION AND PERMANENCE
Binder: Linseed oil
Pigment: Maya Blue
Pigment Classification: Artificial inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment Blue 82 (77520)
Chemical Name: Indigo on palygorskite clay
Chemical Formula: --
CAS No. --
Tinting Strength: High
Drying Rate: Medium
Lightfastness: Not Listed
Safety Information: Based on toxicological review, there are no acute or known chronic health hazards with the anticipated use of this product. Always protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhalation of spraying mists, sanding dusts, and concentrated vapors. Contact us for further information or consult the MSDS for more information.
For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.
Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.
All images of color swatches in this web site are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors the results you get may vary.
Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.
Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mil (0.006 inch) thickness applied to a standard test card for the purposes of examining color consistency, opacity and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color full strength (mass tone), on the left, and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns are scraped to show undertones.
Common Names: English: Maya blue
French: Bleu Maya
German: Blau Maya
Italian: Blu Maya
Portuguese: azul da Maya
Russian: Голубая Майя
Spanish: Azul Maya
English: Mayan blue