Yellow Ocher Light


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Pale but rich yellow prehistoric color still mined in France, composed of ocher, limonite, iron, trace minerals. Permanent, lightfast, non-toxic, mixes with all mediums and pigments; makes a quick-drying oil paint, but require more binder and grinding than most other pigments. Ocher transparency varies considerably; some are opaque, while others can be used as transparent glazes. NOTE: Ocher was once called ‘cinnabar’ but is not related to either vermillion pigment or to the mineral cinnabar.

AKA: French ocher, Italian yellow earth, yellow kaolin light, Spanish ocher, raw ochre, brown ochre, burnt ochre, burnt ore, chamois, Indian Red, yellow Ochre, [Jp]: odo [San]: sindhura, [Per]: ziniafr, [ME] oker [OF] ocre, ochre [L] ochra [Gk] ochra, [It] terra giallo, [Fr] ochre jaune claire.


  • Country of origin: France
  • Transparency: Semi-transparent
  • Lightfastness: Permanent to UV
  • Composition: Natural loam, limonite. CI Y43 (77492)
  • Chemical formula: Si02+A1203+Fe203

General protective measures:  

Always wear a dust mask, gloves, apron and eye protection.

These dry pigments are not sold for cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical or tattoo use.

Keep away from foodstuffs and drinks. Do not eat, drink or smoke during work. Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work. Do not allow children or pets to contact these art materials.



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Weight N/A
Historical Background


Pigment Type

Natural Earth


2 oz, 4 oz

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  1. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    This is a very soft, buttery yellow that’s difficult to build up too much. It’s great for areas that need warm highlights.

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