Saiun-do Kyoto Nihonga Mineral Pigment Set, Pink Peony


Following our comprehensive set of Japanese mineral pigments (see more information regarding the background company and technical information here), we are pleased to offer 13 mineral pigments devised specifically to paint Japanese Pink Peonies.

Of course there is no strict prescription for the use of this set, only a desire to give inspiration, but the set colours will lend themselves to other subject matters where pink is the dominating feeling: roses, camellias, dahlias, even abstraction are all possible suggestions.

This set includes a white metallic silver pigment which can serve for the background, much like a  religious icon or more aptly a Japanese screen. 

To transform the powdered pigments into usable paints, mix these with the nikawa liquid to your preferred consistency. Consider that preparing your paints is as much a part of the Nihonga practice and artists' ritual as the painting itself. To mix pigments into paint please purchase this this gelatine glue-based binder available here. We also stock a number of ceramic mixing palettes to use with.

A beautiful video of how these pigments could be used can be viewed on one of our customer's Youtube channel here and here, and you can read our full interview here. (please note this is video is not a formal instruction video and should not be interpreted as such)

Ingredients: Suihi-enogu, gofun or calcium carbonate (made from crushed shells) based and mixed with pigment. Individual recipes are the makers secret and are both natural or synthetic in origin, varying according to colour. 
Included: 13 colours in presentation box, gift-wrapped.
Binder sold separately - please go here to purchase.
Vegetarian: yes
Vegan: No (some pigments contain gofun which is derived from shells)
Made in Japan

Here pictured is David Bowie at the Saiun-do shop (photograph by Masayoshi Sukita taken in 1980). 

The peonies depicted are taken from:
17th century Japanese scrolls, artist unknown.
Contemporary Pink Peony (last image) by Ihwa Choi painted using the pigments in this set.