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    What Did Ancients Use For Brushes/Paint?

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Ben Tiller, Jan 1, 2011.

    Hi, I'm working on a fantasy story, and I was wondering what the ancients (people in B.C.) used to make paintbrushes and paint. I'm pretty sure they used wood for the brush, but for the tip aka bristles, what did material did they use for those? Also for the paint...I put down ink...is there a way that colored ink could work as paint or did they use some substance for paint? I'm interested in like Ancient Roman civilizations and what they used for the paintings they did, but could probably be in general.

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    For the paint itself:

    - Stone, especially Marble & Limestone.
    - Dirt
    - Clay
    - Charcoal
    - Flower Petals
    - Vegetable Dyes mixed with saliva or animal fat.

    For the brushes:
    - twigs
    - frayed ends of sticks
    -rushes
    -weeds
     
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    I do not understand how dirt, clay or flower petals can be used as paint. I'm looking for something liquidy that flows well and can be mixed with water like the paint we use nowadays. The other option is introducing a brand-new substance in my story similar to the modern paint, but I am heavily lacking in research.

    Also..what are vegetable dyes? You get those from vegetables? And charcoal I feel like is more for sketching and drawing rather than painting. Someone confirm this.

    Thanks.
     
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    With dirt and clay they'd mix it with water to get it all soupy. flower petals = dye material.

    painting as we know it today was a lot different in the BC days :)
     
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    Pretty sure they also used bugs as paint.
     
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    yes we still use them in food colouring. (bugs that is)

    All as Mallory said was used and mixed as paint. What are you painting ?
     
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    Yep, also minerals and animal hair.

    Many paints today are made out of the same things but just suspended in different substances. I used to enjoy painting and my favorite brushes were sable hair due to their soft texture.
     

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