Vermilion Hue is an opaque, bright orange red. The genuine pigment was made from toxic mercuric sulphide and was created by the Chinese in the 8th century AD. Prior to this, Vermilion’s predecessor Cinnabar was used as early as the 3rd century BC by the ancient Greeks. Traditional oils, wonderful as they are, take a very long time to dry. That’s why we created our Griffin Alkyds – they dry much more quickly and this means impasto and glazing techniques can be done in a single session. We’ve created 48 tones and these have a slightly greater level of transparency for increased depth and clarity when glazing. Our Griffins are a bit more fluid in consistency than traditional oils and they dry with a somewhat more reflective surface, too.