This is a color that has been for a long time among my paints yet I haven't really used it in a painting until now, mainly because I don't use many granulating pigments.
I was ready to use it as one of the main colors for my current painting, have done so and these are some of my thoughts about Lapislazuli now that I've had the chance to experiment a bit more with it:
- It granulates beautifully, and a lot, probably it's the most granulating pigment I've tried.
- The color itself is gorgeous, a subtle muted blue.
- Surprisingly it doesn't lift too much when you remove masking fluid previously applied over it.
- It feels grainy to the brush and gummy, the gummiest paint I've ever tried, not only when you take it off the tube but even after mixing it with water, even when you put it on the paper.
- It stays where you put it, even more than other granulating colors, not an easy pigment to move around and fade to white.
- Its darker value is a mid value.
- Very easy to lift when you add another layer over it.
- Backruns easily and beautifully, nice for texture.
There are some pros and a lot of cons about this pigment in my opinion, at least when you paint the way I paint.
So after using it here and there I've decided to substitute it with a different blue for the main areas and leaving Lapis as a secodary color for extra touches.
13 hours ago