Book of Earth

A Guide to Ochre, Pigment, and Raw Color


Art meets science in this guide to creating color with earth’s extraordinary pigments and their uses throughout history


ISBN: 9781419764653 Category:

Heidi Gustafson


Part anthropological study, part art book, and part how-to, Book of Earth immerses you in the world of ochre, a naturally occurring mineral used to make pigment. Each chapter explores Gustafson’s rare pigment archive and provides a thorough exploration of color. The book also includes practical advice and techniques for creating your own pigments, alongside projects to apply your new skill set.

Additional information

Weight 1157 g
Dimensions 21.2 x 28.3 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 18 May 2023
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.2 x 28.3 cm
Weight 1157 g


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Heidi Gustafson is an artist and ochre specialist with a working archive of more than 600 pigments. She frequently collaborates with artists, award-winning scientists, paleontologists, and other experts, including Jason Logan, author of Abrams’ bestselling book Make Ink. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.