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Formulated with the same high quality standards that distinguish their renowned paints, this professional gum arabic is designed especially for use with Da Vinci Artists' Watercolors, but works well with any watercolors.
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By Embs Computer Art
from Las Vegas, NV
Comments about Da Vinci Paints Da Vinci Gum Arabic:
For those of you that don't know gum arabic is a mostly flavorless, odorless, tree sap (technically a gum rather than a resin because it's water soluble) from arabia that is used in food and is used as a glue/binder in art. It's difficult to find in chunks in America (sometimes available through incense suppliers), but can be purchased as a powder in some cases for art and food, but is always readily available dissolved in water as dickblick has here. This solution of gum arabic in a plastic bottle dispenses a drop at a time. I mix it with commercial tube or pan watercolors or mix it with dry pigment to make my own watercolor paint. Adding it to paint helps reduce paper crinkle and helps me spread out the paint more evenly and adds more gloss to the paint. It dries very quickly but once it's dry it can be reworked with water easily. It does not dissolve at all in linseed oil or odorless mineral spirits. It forms a plastic flexible film that shouldn't crack unless you apply it too thickly. This 2 oz bottle seems to be a good deal and can make a lot of paint. I usually keep two bottles around. Gum arabic is also an important ingredient in traditional lamp black writing ink to help the pigment stick to the paper and is listed as one of the ingredients in Senneliers egg tempera medium.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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