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...