This brings me to Ferric Oxide (Fe2O3). My understanding from basic chemistry is that Fe2O3 is an oxidized iron or 'rust'. It turns out, it is so much more than the rust of an old Schwinn that was left in the rain. Fe2O3 is also called 'Jewelers Rouge' and is used to clean gold, silver, and other precious metals. It is an inorganic compound found in the rocks in Sedona, Arizona and apparently, it helps protect or balance the electrical fields in and around people. How exactly? Well, here's another great google afternoon: Schumann Resonances and Scalar Energy. I'm not sure the extent of it's efficacy, but it's not harmful and as it turns out, artists have been using it in paint for centuries. So has begun my journey into mixing paints. For me, it's a whole new exciting world of blending art and geology.
My first run - I didn't make a paint exactly, but a gesso ground for a painting. This is what I used: Clear gesso and pure powder of Ferric Oxide (with a wee bit of water to dilute).
|Clear Gesso mixed with Ferric Oxide onto three 8x8" canvas.|
Happy new year and all the new possibilities it brings to you. Paint on!