Ivory Black was a color once created by grinding charred ivory tusks into oil. Actual ivory is no longer used to produce Ivory Black, but the shade of color remains. Artists enjoyed this dark shade because of the deepness of tone represented. This dark shade brings such a magnificent contrast to any painting project that Ivory Black is often used for strictly black and white pieces. To understand the richness of this shade, one need but think about the char left over from a fire. That dark char color that remains of a passion burning, experience piled together to show the remaining sharp edges of everyday life. The dark shade of Ivory Black is an excellent addition to any set of regular palette colors. Artists can use the color to help contrast borders or stand center stage.