Category: Limner

One of the things I love to do is work in the 18th century as an 18th century artist, or ‘limner’ as they were called. And being a reenactor I have a ready cast of characters to use as models. This fellow is an American rifleman. The portrait is done in graphite (or plumbago as it was called in the 18th century) and charcoal on laid paper.

American Revolutionary War rifleman. Graphite portrait.

American Revolutionary War rifleman. Graphite portrait.

Or those who pass themselves off as same.

Smoke and Fire carries Oak gall ink. Made from walnut hulls. Nice brownish black color.

You can also get pens, quills, a chandlers box, and a proper 18th century journal with laid paper from them as well.

Dick Blick is the Mack Daddy of modern art supplies, but you can also find some good stuff in their massive catalog for 18th century demonstrations. Tons and tons of paper choices including some beautiful French handmade papers. But what really caught my eye was Sinopia’s Historic Pigment Set. From the catalog:

These sets are a superb introduction into the historical world of genuine earth tones, and ancient and contemporary pigments, such as Hansa Yellow, which are no longer being utilized by most major artist paint manufacturers.