Gum Arabicum is a traditional watercolor medium that is perfect for artists looking for a high-quality, pure binder for their pigments. Made from pure crystals of dried resin from the Acacia senegal tree, Gum Arabicum is known for its ability to swell in cold water, making it a versatile medium for artists of all skill levels. Gum arabic is a natural, non-toxic, and edible binder that has been used for centuries in the art of painting and printmaking, calligraphy and ceramics.
When dissolved in plenty of water, Gum Arabicum turns into a clear, viscous liquid that is perfect for creating smooth, even washes of color. For optimal results, dissolve 1 part Gum Arabicum in 2 parts heated water. This allows for a faster and more efficient dissolution process, as compared to using cold water.