|Originally found on cave walls tens of thousands of years ago, painting can now be seen in a variety of ways throughout the world. Ink and color ink were predominately popular through out Eastern history. The West was first dominated by Tempera, often called egg tempera, which is a fast drying medium consisting of pigments bound together by egg yoke. In the 1500s oil painting became more prominent. Oil paint pigments were often bound together with linseed oil which allowed artists to work on a piece over a longer period of time due to its slow drying traits. Not long after pastels also became popular. They are simply pigments bound together and rolled into a stick.
Watercolors have existed for thousands of years but were mainly used in sketches till the 19th century. Watercolors are pigments and water mixed. In the 1950's acrylic paint became commercially available. These paints were fast-drying, cheaper then oils and could be diluted with water before drying. Today popular painting is done in many of the traditional styles. Although it has been around for a long time new inovations in the medium continue to be developed every day.
|Julia Y Baker Albright
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