natural paint rocks


Natural paint rocks were and still are the natural source of paints. Hence we are using since always to create art all over the world.

From Ancient Egypt to African culture, Earth pigments are in almost every countries’ history. Yet we can all witness it to pottery, tombs, temples’ walls and any other surface we can notice the art of the old civilizations.

Yet natural pigments are still used by many artists all over the world. Even you can purchase them online and use them as paints in your own art pieces. 

Learn how to turn rocks into pigments here.

Nature paints the best part of a picture, carves the best parts of the statue, builds the best part of the house, and speaks the best part of the oration.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Still, natural paint rocks have beautiful even vivid colours that help artists over many centuries to picture daily life or even big historical events. In any way natural pigments are very important for the art we still enjoy in museums.

In this episode we are introducing three rocks we can make paint pigments:

  • yellow ochre
  • red ochre
  • umber   

These three rocks are very famous in Cyprus, which were the source of paints throughout history. 

Hence they are decorating pottery, statues, and other old crafts. Even old church walls have natural paint decorations and that is why some of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Thousands and thousands of colors paint the bosom of the earth so gaily.

Pierre de Ronsard

Have you ever tried painting with natural pigments? We will like to hear about your own experience below.

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