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The First Water Colours
The first use of Gum Arabic was in pre-historic times when early man was quick to recognise the possible uses of the natural materials around him. It is unclear in fact whether it is gums or oils which were first used in cave and body painting.
Records do show the use of Gum Arabic as a binder by the Egyptians. The combining of pigment and binder by the artist in situ whilst painting continued until the 18th century.
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