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The History of Water Colour Paints

Whenever you dip your brush into beautiful watercolour paint, do you ever stop to think how this medium was created? What is its history?

Watercolour paints have a long and enduring history, which spans from the primitive caveman’s pigments that were mixed with water to today’s fantastic range of colours and materials and the plethora of manufacturers who supply them.

Sure, early man created cave paintings and ancients Egyptians used water based paints to create wonderful decorations on the walls of temples and tombs and even produced some of the first works of art on papyrus. It is

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