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Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: Ancient History

Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: Ancient History

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jul 30th 2020

Natural Earth Pigments were among the earliest recorded materials used by our ancestors to make paint, and their use pre-dates recorded history. Starting at least 100,000 years ago, ancient people from all over the world, including Prehistoric People, Egyptians, Native Americans, ancient Buddhists, Medieval monks, and Renaissance masters used earthen pigments to make their paints. Humans on almost every continent ground up earthen clays and...
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Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: Buddhism

Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: Buddhism

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jun 7th 2018

For over 2,500 years, Buddhists have spread their message of enlightenment to every corner of the globe. Today, with an estimated 488 million practicing Buddhists worldwide, followers of this ancient religion continue to make significant contributions to philosophy, literature, and art. This entry into Natural Paint Through the Ages will explore how Buddhists have used natural paint and dyes throughout the centuries to advan...
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Why is Earth Paint Sacred? Aboriginal Art through the Ages

Why is Earth Paint Sacred? Aboriginal Art through the Ages

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 28th 2018

It’s a well guarded secret by the Aborigines in Australia and it’s forbidden for them to talk about it, but there are many guesses as to why earth paint is considered sacred.  It was a general belief among Aboriginal cultures that the geographical features of the land were created by a mythical snake as it journeyed over it. The colored ochre seams were believed to be the "tracks" left by the snake through the earth, and therefore...
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Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages : The Middle Ages

Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages : The Middle Ages

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Dec 7th 2017

A common misperception around natural materials and ingredients is that they’re not very archival, luminous or of a professional quality. Since 2011, Natural Earth Paint has been on a mission to dispel that myth and spread the surprising truth that non-toxic and natural ingredients are actually far more archival, radiant, stable and professional quality than their synthetic counterparts. The proof is in the cave paintings, the Rena...
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Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: The Colormen

Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: The Colormen

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Sep 4th 2017

Before the world had ready-made paints and art supplies stores, we had Colormen! These professionals were the “traders” of the paint world starting in the late 17th century and sold artists prepared pigments, pre-mixed oil paints, watercolors, dyes, made brushes, prepped canvases, gums, resins, and more. Before Colormen, the painter would buy course, raw pigments from apothecaries’ shops (or source them directly from quarries) a...
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Natural Earth Paint Through The Ages: Ancient Egypt

Natural Earth Paint Through The Ages: Ancient Egypt

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Ann Hansen & Leah Fanning on Jul 25th 2017

The influence that Egypt has had on countless cultures is profound. Can you believe that the ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for more than 3000 years? They were not only astounding innovators, but they discovered and advanced most of the arts and sciences that we have the privilege of knowing today. Art was incredibly important throughout their culture, and to this day we can still marvel at the preserved tombs, statuary, sc...
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Natural Earth Paint through the Ages: The Prehistoric Era

Natural Earth Paint through the Ages: The Prehistoric Era

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Taylor Ann Hansen & Leah Fanning on May 31st 2017

Natural Earth pigments were the earliest recorded materials used by our ancient ancestors to make paint and various mediums. We can see artistic practices dating as far back as 500,000 years ago by Homo Erectus, our ancient ancestors.The oldest cave painting known today is from El Castillo, in Northern Spain and stands as a symbol of our human evolution and the beginning of the natural art movement. Most people don’t realize the scal...
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Historically, Why Did Artists Stop Using Natural Paints?

Historically, Why Did Artists Stop Using Natural Paints?

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Dec 2nd 2012

In 1859, Edwin Drake drilled the first oil-producing well in Pennsylvania, and the world was changed forever. In addition to being used for fuel, oil was scientifically studied, and the many chemicals composing petroleum were gradually isolated. New substances that didn’t previously exist in nature were made, like plastics and modern paints. A 100,000 year old tradition for making natural earth paints began to slip away.Prod...
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