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Schmincke liquid charcoal


Liquid charcoal, 35ml tubes


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Liquid charcoal

Series 18

Three shades of black allows the leap from drawing to painting

Liquid charcoal in the 35 ml tube – a clean, dust-free way of painting, charcoal drawing and underpainting with charcoal.

The three pigments of natural origin used for this (PBK 8, pit black) are created by charring fruit seeds from the EU area and result in the following unique coal nuances:

  • a neutral peach stone black – 18 757
  • a warm, brownish cherry pit black – 18 756
  • a cool, bluish grape seed black – 18 755

Due to the larger quantity of available paint, liquid charcoal can be used to quickly process large areas. The liquid charcoal contains the high-quality binder gum arabic like traditional artists’ watercolours (gouaches, watercolours, etc.), has a gouache-like consistency and can be diluted with water, so that different shades, structures and layer thicknesses can be achieved by different application. Depending on the substrate and the thickness of the layer, it can be wiped off by hand and removed with water. Used as thin underpainting (e.g. in oil painting), subsequent paints do not become dirty or become less dirty than with conventional charcoal underpainting due to the higher adhesion of the bound carbon pigments to the substrate.

Of course, the liquid charcoal can be combined with drawing charcoal. The blurring and removability of the liquid charcoal depends on the surface of the substrate – the more even and firm the surface, the easier to change the application. Pre-tests are recommended.

All three colours are available in 35-ml tubes from art material retailers.

Please note: Due to the fact that the pigments are natural products, there may be minimal colour variations in each batch.

Additional information


Cherry pit Black, Grape seed Black, Peach stone Black