Infographic: The Strange History of Natural Pigments

Infographic: The Strange History of Natural Pigments

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Tara Bellucci
Sep 12, 2015
(Image credit: Korwin Briggs)

Did you know sepia was made from octopus ink and that carmine is the color of boiled beetles? Illustrator Korwin Briggs takes us through the (dangerous and gross) history of humans and color.

Many of the pigments made before we could synthesize color were created by crushing often poisonous, sometimes precious metals. People also ground up other things to use as hues, like mummies (really!).

Check out the full infographic over on Veritable Hokum.

h/t Co.Design

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