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Natural Ultramarine Pigment
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A pigment is a very finely ground colored substance. This results in small colored particles which can be mixed with a liquid binder to produce paint. In this way, the tiny colored fragments put into suspension can be easily applied to a surface and adhere to it.

Natural pigments can be derived from the most diverse materials: plants, shells, insects, minerals, or even food. If they served in the past to make paint, they were, however, generally expensive and difficult to produce, according to their rarity. Today, we prefer industrially created synthetic pigments.

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