How does the paint
get into the paintbox?

Whether it is a deep blue underwater world, a desert landscape as golden as the sun or other colorful fantasy paintings - with a paintbox, a little water and the right paintbrush any masterpiece can be brought to paper.

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How does the paint get into the paintbox?

Students, especially the younger ones, are curious by nature and we often receive questions from them, such as "How does...work?" or "How is...made?" Answers can now be found here. Coming recurrently here at the Pelikan Teachers' Info, we would like to show you manufacturing processes and how our Pelikan products work. Certainly, the articles also include interesting picture material, so you are well prepared for the students' questions.

Getting started with the Pelikan paintbox K12, it is a paintbox for being used at school and for teaching the color theory, equitable to the lesson plan.

By the way: The Pelikan paintbox K12 is "made in Germany". The entire manufacturing takes place in Peine, nearby Hanover.

Whether it is a deep blue underwater world, a desert landscape as golden as the sun or other colorful fantasy paintings - with a paintbox, a little water and the right paintbrush any masterpiece can be brought to paper. But how do the many different colors get into the paintbox? We have followed the diverse production methods for you - from the loose paint all the way to the complete paintbox.

 

1. Let's start with the powder! Long before the paint lands in the paintbox, bags of paint in powder form are already at hand. Of course, they are presorted by colors: The paintbox K12 by Pelikan consists of 12 colors, which are black, magenta red, vermilion, yellow, orange, yellow ocher, violet, ultramarine, cyan blue, blue green, yellow green and sienna. These colors meet exactly the norm requirements of the DIN 5023 regulation, provided by the German Institute for Standardization to equalize the standard for school paintboxes with 12 colors. The idea of such a norm is to provide students with educationally secured work material and to offer every student the same preconditions when learning in art class, for example the elementary color theory.

 

2. From color powder to color tablet: Because the loose powder would mix up in the paintbox, it has to be brought to a consistency suitable for the paintbox. For this, it is first collected in a big bag. From there, the powder is measured to exactly equal portions and is filled into little shapes. By the way, paints in powder form are called pigments. However, already in the next step the paint changes its state: This process is performed under high pressure and the single powder grains are pressed together very tight. So, in the end they become hard color tablets. Now the paint has the right size to fit inside the paintbox.

 

3. Even the color tablets themselves have exact DIN norm regulations: They must be at least 30 mm in diameter and have a minimum overall volume of 3.5cm². Moreover, the 12 colors have to be placed in the paintbox in a certain order - for example, in every paintbox, the yellow color is placed in the top left corner and the color black can be found in the bottom right. This order is the same order as given in the 12 color wheel, the arrangement system used in the color theory. The color theory clarifies the overall coherence of all colors and brings the primary colors (yellow, magenta red and cyan blue), the secondary and the tertiary colors, which can all be mixed from the three previously named colors, into a model easy to understand. The complementary colors are situated as far as possible from each other, so to say, they stand exactly opposite.

 

4. Certainly, a case to store the color tablets in is needed.For this, plastic granule is first melted and then brought into the right shape. The molds for the color tablet are made of gray granule, the lid of white. It makes sense, as the inside of the lid will serve as an area where you can mix the colors together, later on. That is why it is important it is white. Freshly mixed colors are best distinguishable on a white surface.

5. When the plastic is hardened, the paintbox is as good as ready. Now, it only has to be filled.First, the 12 color tablets are sorted into their appointed and even singly exchangeable color molds. The above mentioned order is strictly to be kept! According to the DIN norm, the paintbox must contain a 5ml tube of opaque white, as well as room for at least one paintbrush. To ensure the duration of the paintbox and with it many hours of painting fun, the surface must be robust and unbreakable.

 

6. Almost done - Now, only the folding box that goes around the paintbox is missing.. It is printed in many colors and includes all important information - now the packaging is complete and the paintbox can be brought to the stores. From here, the paintboxes make their way not only to the numerous children's rooms, but also to the many hobby painters, crafters and little artists - and certainly, it belongs inside any perfectly equipped school bag for art class.

By the way: The Pelikan paintbox K12 is "made in Germany". The entire manufacturing takes place in Peine, nearby Hanover.