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 binder 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. This gelatine glue-based binder can be purchased here.

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

Ingredients: Natural mineral pigments
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.