The Weirdest Paints from the Past, Present, and Future


Nowadays we take colors for granted, but historically they’ve been hard to come by. Pigment-makers have long gone to great lengths to find new hues, and many paints have pretty weird origins. Even today we’re looking to broaden our palette. Meanwhile, we’re exploring entirely new approaches to paint-making that don’t involve pigment at all.

From our distant past to our not-too-distant future, here are 10 of the weirdest paints we could find—listed in chronological order.

This is an encore presentation of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list here!

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