Daniel Smith's Bloodstone Genuine is part of the PrimaTek line of watercolors and made from natural pigments. Bloodstone is a member of the chalcedony family and is a cryptocrystalline quartz. The most highly regarded bloodstone is a deep forest green with a splatter of blood-red dots arranged in a spray as if they were blood spatter. Specimens with this color scheme and pattern are rare. Historically, this color pattern has been given religious significance as the "Blood of Christ" and the reason for it's name. Bloodstone is sometimes referred to as "heliotrope" and has been the official birthstone for March since the early 1900's.
Bloodstone Genuine as a pigment, is an intense wine soaked, dusky color when applied with a thick consistency and then washes down to a warm gray with a watery mix. It lifts beautifully and is an outstanding granulator. It mixes well with just about every color but Daniel Smith especially like it mixed with the transparent colors, Rhodonite Genuine and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.
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“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.