Gum Arabic

[Gum Arabic, golden wattle ink, green earth, black wattle bark ink, saffron, pine ink on traditional gesso on 640gsm archival paper]


One of the first commercially traded art supplies, this prized acacia tree gum was endemic to Senegal and became known as Gum Arabic. The tempered gum causes the pigment to become more transparent and increases translucency. From the mid 1800s due to high demand, manufacturers began making ‘Gum Arabic’ from wheat starch and sugar.


A4 size Australian Hand-Made Tasmanian Oak Timber Frame

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Gum Arabic