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It is generally accepted that the first known paintings are some 15,000 years old and are preserved in the caves of Altamira in Spain and Lascaux in France, although some experts date these at 20,000+ BC.

History of Paint

Lets cover a little history of paints and their use. It is generally accepted that the first known paintings are some 15,000 years old and are preserved in the caves of Altamira in Spain and Lascaux in France, although some experts...

Painting Supports

These are not the easels or frames but are the surfaces upon which the paints are applied. The earliest supports, as mentioned above, were cave walls. This moved to plastered walls, wooden altarpieces, coffins, wedding chests...

Paint Manufacture

When viewing a painted surface, whether it be a wall or canvas, clearly the colour is what the observer sees. However a paint manufactured from pure colour alone would be impossible to apply and quite useless.

Paint Pigment

Pigments can be divided into two broad classifications, natural and man-made products. Many painters have rued the day that the long established natural colours were replaced by synthetic pigments.

Painting Tools

The artist needs a means of applying the paint to the surface. While youngsters will use their fingers to produce an effect on paper their developing minds soon see the limitations of finger painting and move to the use of various tools.

Care of Painting Tools

Many painting tools are expensive from the humble brush to the sophisticated air brush, but how many painting tools are discarded due to being worn away versus clogged with dried paint?

Types of Paint

While the production of paints relies upon the mixing of materials from the four broad groups given above, the possible combinations are infinite. However the resulting paints can be classified...