10 Fascinating Paints Facts

VanGogh 1887 SelbstbildnisFed up of the washout February? eicó have peeled back layers of history to bring you 10 fascinating paint facts for a rainy day…

1. All white: The White House is white because? That was the original lime-based whitewash that was used to protect its porous stone surface. It gets painted every year.

2. French Caveman Chic: The first interior painting was done roughly 40,000 years ago in what is now France by prehistoric cave dwellers, who used stencils in some of the work and even “spray-painted” by blowing paint through hollow bird bones!

3. Pity the Mollusk: The colour purple became associated with royalty because at one time only aristocrats could afford the expensive pigment. During Roman times, it took 4 million crushed mollusk shells to create one pound of purple pigment! We assure you, however, that no Mollusk’s were harmed when creating eico’s regal ‘Gypsy’s luck’ (b4).

4. Sack the decorators? It took Michelangelo just four years to paint the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the 1500s, but it took 20 years to restore it in the late 1900s….

5. Mix up: It was the Greek philosopher Plato who discovered that you can mix two different paint colours together to produce a third colour.

6. Leave it to the Eggs-perts? Manuscripts from the Middle Ages, were “illuminated” with paint made from ground semi-precious stones and egg yolks. Luckily, eicó have a created a metallic collection of 12 shimmering shades guaranteed to illuminate any room (so save your eggs and your semi-precious stones..!)

7. Paint the town red? Among the Aztecs, red pigmented paint was regarded as more valuable than gold! We recommend a few pots of eicó ‘Moscow’ h17, a decadent rich red your home would really treasure…

8. Tickled pink: To subdue inmates that are unruly or violent, prisons often place them in cells that are painted pink, a colour that is known to have a calming influence. Try the calming effects of eico’s soft and soothing ‘Socialite’ (n22) Ideal for babies nurseries and children’s bedrooms and 100% toxin-free too!

9. Uplifting: Pity The Golden Gate Bridge that has been painted in the very same colour since its completion in 1937. The shade used is International Orange but we think a lick of eicó ‘Tirana’ (h26) would really, er, lift it… ?

10. Did you know…Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting during his actual lifetime?

Proving life really is too short not to appreciate the beauty and history of… paint!

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