A range of mediterranean earth and mineral powder pigments, to be mixed with your own choice of paint - including casein, emulsion, limewash, colourwash, glazes - or even mix directly into plaster. See below for more details...

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La Tienda's range of mediterranean earth and mineral powder pigments can be mixed with your own choice of paint - including casein, emulsion, limewash, colourwash, glazes - or even mix directly into plaster.

Earth and mineral colours are the traditional housepaints of the Mediterranean. Mined in Italy, Spain and Morocco, they are washed, toasted and burnt to form soft, natural shades. Inexpensive and lightfast, they are extremely versatile and easy to use for creating that wonderful warm and sunny Mediterranean look in your house or transforming a favourite piece of furniture. The ability to mix the pigments into various tones and contrasts means you can achieve literally thousands of colours.


  • We recommend mixing the pigment with water first to a thick, creamy consistancy (adding 1-2 drops of washing up liquid may help in the dispersal of certain pigments).

  • Leave for at least an hour (preferably 24 hours) to allow the pigment to be entirely soaked.

  • Then give another quick stir before adding to the emulsion or other wet binder for a smoother paint finish.


  • The amount of pigment to add will vary depending on how deep you want the colour and how strong the actual pigment is – some pigments are more highly concentrated than others.

  • The colours above represent the powdered pigments in their 'raw' state, when mixing with white paint only paler versions will be achievable. If you mix too much solid material into a paint the finished surface will be weak and chalky. More vibrant colours can be achieved using the pigments with a clear medium.

  • Make sure the pigment's well mixed into the emulsion or the possibility of streaking may occur – this is sometimes a desired effect to create a colour wash look where the paint appears stronger in tone on certain areas of the wall.

  • The same method applies if adding the pigment to an oil based paint (gloss for instance) - simply substitute the water for a natural solvent and follow the above instructions.

  • Adding the pigment paste to a clear glaze medium allows you to create colour washes. Building up layers allows you to create stronger colours. The glaze on its own will also provide a washable protective surface on top of previously painted surfaces and can also be used as a matt wood stain. We sell Earthborn Wall Glaze, which can be diluted – 1 part glaze to 4 parts water.

  • When using your own pigments, especially in exterior applications, it is important that you test for colour-fastness. Different binders (paints etc.) can react differently with pigments. While all the pigments are colour-fast in their raw state, this may change when mixed with other mediums. This is especially true when using pigments with lime-based products (highly alkaline), for which we recommend avoiding using Bombay Violet, Carmine Marrakesh and Acid Yellow.

  • When mixing into casein paint, mix the powder and dry pigment first before adding water.

  • La Tienda pigments can also be mixed directly into dry plaster, which is then mixed in the usual way to apply colour directly on the wall without painting. This may need some experimentation to achieve the colour you want (we recommend pale coloured plaster only).