Pink Pipestone (Catlinite) Dispersion

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Rublev Colours Pink Pipestone (catlinite) aqueous pigment dispersion is a pink clay from Minnesota. The clay stone was carved by Native Americans into pipes and also used as a pigment.

Pipestone Aqueous Pigment dispersion is out of stock, but the powder pigment is available.

Rublev Colours Pink Pipestone (catlinite) is an aqueous dispersion of pink clay from Minnesota. The clay stone was carved by Native Americans into pipes and also used as a pigment. Pipestone is metamorphic argillite composed of sericite and hematite.

Rublev Colours Aqueous Dispersions are pigments dispersed in water ready to be mixed with water-based mediums. These dispersions are especially made for use with traditional painting mediums, such as egg tempera, casein tempera, fresco, watercolors and distemper (glue tempera). They are also ideally suited for use with gesso to make toned grounds for drawing and painting. Pigment dispersions from Rublev Colours contain only naturally-derived ingredients, in addition to pigment and water, making them ideally suited for traditional mediums. Unlike other pigment dispersions that are typically made for acrylic medium, Rublev Colours Aqueous Dispersions do not contain coalescent solvents, artificial dispersing resins and other additives that interfere with natural mediums. Aqueous Dispersions make preparing traditional mediums easy; you do not have to hassle with powders, grinding pigments in medium and calculating binder ratios to make water-based paint. They make adding the right amount of paint binder, such as egg yolk, a no brainer because the right amount of water is already contained in the dispersion, simply add egg yolk.

Pigment Names
Common Names:English: pipestone
Mineral Names:English: catlinite
German: Catlinit
Spanish: catlinita

Origin and History

Pipestone, is dull red or pink clay stone, carved by Native Americans into pipes. Called calumets the pipes were used extensively in ceremonials. Native Americans held pipestone sacred, and even in time of war the quarries were regarded as neutral ground. Pipestone is sometimes called catlinite, for the artist and author George Catlin, who lived among the Native Americans.


Rublev Colours Pipestone is from quarries in Minnesota, United States and is a soft pink color. Pipestone is found mainly in Minnesota, in the Dakotas and in Canada. Pipestone, Minnesota, and the Pipestone River in Manitoba, Canada, are named after the stone.

Permanence and Compatibility

Pipestone is permanent in all mediums; the principle coloring agent is iron oxide (hematite) that leached into clay beds. There are no known incompatibilities.


Pipestone is not considered toxic, but care should be used in handling the dry powder pigment to avoid inhaling the dust.

Pigment Information
Colour Index:Not Listed
ASTM Lightfastness Rating
Acrylic:Not Rated
Oil:Not Rated
Watercolor:Not Rated
Specific Gravity:2.6
Density:2.6 kg/m2
Hardness (Mohs):2 1/2
Refractive Index:1.53
More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeOrders ship on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pigment TypeInorganic, Natural

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