Zinc white

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Painted swatch of Zinc white.

Brief description of Zinc white:

Zinc white has a much colder, cleaner, whiter masstone than the best grades of lead white or titanium white. Zinc white was accepted as a watercolor by 1834 but it was some years later before its difficulties in oil were overcome

Names for Zinc white:

Alternative names: Chinese white
Word origin: The name "Zinc white" comes from Latin vermiculus = small worm, cochineal (which yields a red dye), from vermis = worm.
Non-English names:
German French Italian
Zinkweiss blanc de zinc bianco di zinco
Origin: artificial
Chemical name:



Example of use by artists:

Healing with pigments


Zinc oxide is used to treat or prevent minor skin irritations such as burns, cuts, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and diaper rash. It is applied to abrasions to accelerate healing. It is also used as a sunscreen. Scientific findings have confirmed the long UVA rays (340-400 nanometers) are primarily responsible for premature aging of the skin. Zinc white protects very well in this range.