Artists and crafts people can easily purchase many hues of the color blue in a variety of mediums because nearly all of the colors for use in art are made artificially today. However, having such ease of obtaining blue pigment was not possible several hundred years ago. The color blue was limited to about three sources: the minerals azurite, lazurite, and vivianite. This article focuses on those three minerals, where they were obtained, and their uses.
Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.