Did you know that various paint colors can help the body heal itself? For example, red often helps depressed people regain vigor. And green has been shown to relieve stress.
It took Michelangelo only 4 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.
According to the EPA, the US uses about 1.57 billion gallons of paint each year—that’s a lot of color!
In the 1940s, linseed oil (which was a substance commonly used to make paint) was in short supply due to World War II. Because of this shortage, chemists discovered how to make artificial resins, which made paint cheaper and gave the color more durability.
The first ready-to-use paint was brought to us by none other than Sherwin-Williams, in 1866. Previously, the paint had to be mixed manually, using a variety of materials: milk, olive oil, eggs, lime and other earth pigments, linseed oil, and many more. Later on, the company hit another milestone with the invention of a resealable tin can, so painters could preserve their paints.
The Greek philosopher Plato is credited with discovering mixing primary colors together to create a new color. At the very least, he was the first to talk and write about it.