Exploring the Craft of Gilding in Budapest's National Gallery

Posted by Alex Warren on 12/22/2016 to General Announcements
On a recent trip to Budapest, I visited the Hungarian National Gallery. I normally never do much research on museums that I visit, mostly because I like to be surprised by the collections. This trip through the exhibition halls did not disappoint.

The National Gallery boasts a large collection of native Hungarian art and masterpieces from all over Europe. The museum is housed in a grand building which looks like it was renovated during the Soviet era. Many of the guards looked like they had been there since before the iron curtain fell in 1989.

While perusing exhibition halls with grand landscapes by Hungarian artists, I unexpectedly stumbled upon this grand hall that housed Hungarian Gothic altarpieces from 1300-1500.
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Secret Room at the Vatican

Posted by Alex Warren on 12/6/2015 to General Announcements
Icon on woodOn a recent trip to the Vatican Museum, I was fortunate enough to enter the place without standing in line for hours on end. I had seen the Sistine Chapel before, so I was familiar with the fanfare surrounding the ceiling fresco. I was most interested in what the fresco looked like after the restoration and if the brilliant colors that I had seen in books, were actually true to life. Both the crush of the crowd and the bright colors lived up to my expectations.

It was such a relief to cross over into the other half of the Vatican Museum, away from the long march towards the Sistine Chapel. The Pinacoteca houses a collection of massive paintings depicting every possible saint in their familiar reposes. One stop place for all things Saint Sebastian, Francis etc. While I enjoyed the empty halls in this part of the museum, the sheer size and magnitude of most of the paintings pushed me through the galleries, back towards the exit.

As I was making my way towards the exit, I noticed (almost by accident) a small room that looked like the entrance to a staircase. There were fragments of statues and marble plaques on the walls. As I glossed over these relics, I noticed a small door that led into a dimly lit room.

What I discovered in this room, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

A Potting Table Painted with Payne's Grey Milk Paint

Posted by on 11/16/2015 to Sinopia Milk Paint Project Pictures
Here is a recent project that was submitted to us.

An Interior Wall Painted with All Natural Artisanal Milk Paint (Casein) Indigo

Posted by Sinopia Pigments on 11/10/2015 to Sinopia Milk Paint Project Pictures
Here is a recent project that was submitted to us.

The Origin of the Lisbon Milk Paint Series

Posted by Alex Warren on 9/24/2015 to Notes from the Sinopia Test Kitchen
The Origin of the Lisbon Milk Paint Series
Portugal has always been a country that is dear to my heart. Even though I grew up in Germany, my family has close ties to Portugal, which meant many memorable summer vacations and even a year abroad in this vibrant country with a rich past.

The Origin of the Italian Milk Paint Palette

Posted by Alex Warren on 4/16/2015 to Notes from the Sinopia Test Kitchen
You know when you go to Olive Garden and they’ve faux stuccoed the walls with this drab oatmeal color with these balconies that lead to nowhere along the walls? Thankfully, actual Italy is nothing like that and I’ve been enough times and to enough places to say that with absolute certainty. Italy is one of the most soulful, rich and dynamic countries I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. With Italy’s varied, deep and textured history in mind, I’ve created three new milk paint colors: Roman Yellow, Verona Green and Sienna Orange.

The origin of the Rif Blue Milk Paint Color

Posted by Alex Warren on 3/24/2015 to Notes from the Sinopia Test Kitchen
The origin of the Rif Blue Milk Paint Color
In 1998, I rented a car and took a trip through the Moroccan countryside in search of artistic inspiration. When I came upon the town of Chefchaouen nestled in the Rif mountains, I was mesmerized by the buildings drenched in shades of blue.

Clay Bole Recipe

Posted by sinopia95 on 2/3/2015 to Answers to questions about Sinopia Products
Clay Bole Recipe
Clay Bole is comprised of natural ingredients and is bound with such natural glues as rabbit skin glue, hide glue, gelatin.....

While there are some general guidelines on how to use our Bole Clays, these guidelines should only be used as a starting point to formulate your own recipe, depending on such environmental conditions as humidity and temperature. Additionally, different types of glue have different binding powers and therefore recipes need to adjusted to account for these fluctuations.