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Buon Fresco

Fresco painting represents the glory of Italian art and is considered to be the most demanding technique amongst all  art techniques. It is a unique and beautiful union between medium and method because the magnificence of fresco is created from the humblest of materials; sand, lime and colored earth. 

The Process

BuonFresco is the ancient art of painting on wet lime plaster with pigments ground in water. It is, in its purest form, the act of taking apart a piece of limestone and putting it back together with a painting within it. In truth, buon fresco is considered to be one of the most difficult mediums to master, and it is,  yet the unsurpassed beauty of fresco makes all effort worthwhile. Buon fresco is an extremely luminous and durable form of art. All the elements that compose a fresco must come directly from the earth. Earth pigments are ground into distilled water that is then used to paint onto layers of slaked lime that has been mixed with sand to create lime plaster. The painting must be completed before the plaster dries because the lime is the only binder for the pigment. Any painting done after the plaster has dried will simply fall away. A sure and quick hand is needed to successfully paint in true fresco. Mistakes are unforgiving and if made the plaster will have to be chipped away and reapplied the following day. To master this medium is an incredible honor. A chance to create art and give it to the people as it has been done for thousands of years is an immeasurable blessing.

It's Green

Every element used to create a fresco is organic, environmentally friendly and come from lavishly rich resources. Lime is the main component in fresco. It is abundantly found in nature, contains no VOC's,(volatile organic compounds, those nasty chemicals that are toxic to our air quality and environment), reduces the carbon footprint by absorbing carbon dioxide and is a natural air filter and mold inhibitor.