Ancient Art: Making earth pigments

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WoodlandsTV went to the 2019 bushcraft show to see some of the amazing woodland craft that goes on around the world. Here Caroline Nicolay guides you through how to make your very own ancient earth pigment, explaining the cultural context behind each colour.

A film for woodlands.co.uk by Emily George and Rose Dunster

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Great subject. Excellent video production quality. Thank you very much et merci.

Nick Thorp

September 18, 2019

Love it!!


September 18, 2019

Hello from Malvern!
Absolutely love this video, so informative!


September 18, 2019

Quite rare purple "ochre? roqua? or rock?" from the Forest of Dean. ??
Interesting video, btw.
EDIT: Found it! ""Clearwell Caves are still worked intermittently to produce coloured ochres for use as natural pigments. These are washed and milled for sale in the mine's own shop. A range of ochre colours are available, from golden yellow to English Reds. Clearwell is also known as one of the few locations where the rare purple ochre may be found.""

Tam McD

September 18, 2019

what if you have no clay in the area? we live against mountains on an alluvial fan of crushed slate and quartz? don't think I have ever seen clay here.


September 18, 2019

So glad you like it!


October 9, 2019

Mixing with egg yolk to make colors longer lasting… very neat.

Kassie B

December 30, 2019

alaskankare some slates are extremely old clay deposits and make for amazing brown based blacks

Lance Mathis

February 21, 2020

Malachite and Lapis are used for coloring pigments of green and blue too. Enjoy!

Denise Rafaeli Cadorniga

March 4, 2020

Can you use plant dyes for hair

abby fox

March 11, 2020

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