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Think Blue, Create Blue

2020-05-14

PIGMENT TOKYO’s ongoing project,  “PIGMENT BLUE PROJECT” is for all the art lovers to enrich the time at home by sharing artwork with the theme of blue on SNS, and putting the hashtag #pigmentblueproject. Sometimes, blue has a calming and relaxing effect on our psyche, which gives us peace and makes us feel secure. It is also the color of healthcare uniforms. The purpose of this project is to make a wider circle by utilizing the power of Art through the blue artworks.

What is blue for you?


For instance, from the view of materials study, the rare pigment such as Ultramarine, Ruri, or Gunjo are used as the motif of richness in painting.

Not only expressing the noble beauty, but blue is also the color of representing coolness.

Starting from the masterpiece “Blue Monday” by British Techno band New Order, a monument in the Jazz industry  “Kind of Blue” which plays exquisite sessions by Miles Davis and Bill Evans is literally the album reminding the cool blue and urban mood.


Incidentally, when you search the word “Blue” on Google Japan, images of the sky and ocean will be displayed as the result. On the other hand, when you search on Google US, blue snacks and sweets will be displayed. Probably the result proved that the images of colors are different at each country.


Now return to the main subject, let me introduce the items that you can have a wider image of blue today.

The first one is our popular YInMn Blue acrylic paint, produced by DERIVAN company in Australia.


OREGON Blue (YInMn Blue) acrylic paints
18,000JPY


YInMn Blue is actually the result of a happy coincidence in the research for new materials that could be used in electronic applications. It is also called as “Oregon Blue”, given in relation to the Oregon State University College of Science team lead by chemistry professor, Mas Subramanian.

Another very important factor to consider is that this latest pigment has strong light resistance, and does not contain any toxic compounds. We believe that this will stimulate the inspiration of painters.


The next product is LINABLUE®.


Lina Blue (Spirulina)
900JPY


 LINABLUE® is a natural blue food colorant fully in compliance with regulatory criteria for coloring food in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Europe. This bright blue color looks like the Brilliant blue, though it has no dyeing effect on your tongue unlike artificial colorants. Moreover, it is known as the superfood since it contains nutritional components, such as protein, vitamin, minerals, and photosynthetic pigment. You can make a stylish drink by adding soda or gin tonic. Let’s try to make a creative drink with LINABLUE!


Lastly, I will introduce Daiwagaboku Sei (Blue) shokusei.


Daiwagaboku Seishokusei
1,800JPY


The color of Sumi is usually black, but why does it have “blue” on its name?

Sumi ink stick is divided into two different types, “Sho-en” made of pinewood and animal glue, and “Yu-en” made of a burn oil lamp and animal glue. “Sho-en” is specially tinted blue and it is also called “Blue Sumi”. You can create a Sumi liquid with gloss by rubbing Sumi carefully using an inkstone and an appropriate amount of water. By adding water slowly, Sumi will bleed from paper and the color will be tinted blue. In our store, we have some Sumi with color samples. Please experience this deep impression of Sumi and Blue.



Have you found anything you like?

There are so many more blue products in our store.

Your artwork can be anything regardless of genre, and both experts and beginners on art are welcome.

Create your own blue by using these materials.

If you wouldn’t mind, please join the PIGMENT BLUE PROJECT with the hashtag #pigmentblueproject

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Art Materials Expert of PIGMENT TOKYO

AKIRA OYA

Born in 1989 in Tokyo Master of Fine Art and Design at Nihon University College of Art While working at PIGMENT TOKYO as an Art Materials Expert, he also continues his artist career composing visual art works.

Born in 1989 in Tokyo Master of Fine Art and Design at Nihon University College of Art While working at PIGMENT TOKYO as an Art Materials Expert, he also continues his artist career composing visual art works.