How to make your own Paint from Old Bricks and Charcoal | Demonstration by Alastair Blain | The Cave of Apelles

In this video you will learn how to make your own paint in four easy steps.

You need:

  • A morter (or a hard rock)
  • A piece of an old brick or charcoal
  • Linseed oil
  • Palette knife
  • Glass of water


Step 1: Grind the brick (or charcoal) into pigment
Step 2: Pour the pigment in a jar of water to filter out levigation
Step 3: Decant the lighter pigment and let it dry
Step 4: Grind linseed oil into the charcoal pigment with palette knife

This video will also give you advice on which other raw materials you can use to make paints, including animal fat as a substitute for linseed oil.

Demonstration by Alastair Blain who was accompanied by Jan-Ove Tuv.
Filmed and edited by Bork Nerdrum


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Jack Entz Warner, Jared Fountain, Marion Bu-Pedersen, Maurice Robbins, Michael Irish, Stacey Evangelista, Tonelise Rugaas, Trym Jordahl, Yngve Hellan


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"