Verdigris (Copper green)


Usually ships within 2-3 days

Verdigris is a green pigment based on a complex of copper acetate, copper oxides and copper carbonate. It is also called Spanish green. The name verdigris, which is common in English, is a corruption of the medieval French vertegrez ("vert-de-Grèce" or "Greek green"). The first deposits of copper were in nearby Cyprus, and the name copper comes from Aes Cyprium - ore from Cyprus). The modern French spelling of vertegrez is vert-de-gris ("green of grey"). The pigment was produced in a manner similar to lead white by hanging copper plates in an earthenware pot above acetic acid. The pigment was regularly scraped off the plates. Pliny the Elder mentions a method in which copper plates were exposed to the vapours of rotting bunches of grapes. Depending on the method of preparation, the colour became more greenish or bluish.

All Kolderstok paints are water-based acrylic paints. The colours are made with modern, environmentally friendly pigments. The products mentioned in the above description are not present in our paints.

The Kolderstok colours Verdigris, Kopergroen en Groenspaan are three copper based greens. Green was used for individual parts of the ship, such as deck walls, galleries and higher parts of the hull.

Please note: applying several layers thinned with water gives a better result than one layer of undiluted paint.