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Cave painting how to do it on paper and stone with paint for coloring

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The modern world is digitizing at such an impressive speed that people limit themselves to the future and forget about the past! 

There are so many things to do on your cell phone that possibly someone will hear about cave painting in the 21st century, right? 

However, it cannot be denied that cave painting is not just another art derived from troglodyte painters!

If you don't limit yourself to making your own Paleolithic cave painting, then keep reading this article to understand how primitive ancestors drew cool things on cave walls…

This article is more of a story, so you can listen to this historical tale by making a Paleolithic cave painting, using some natural materials that are really easy to find in your drawer or at the nearest stationery store. 

What is cave painting?

Among Paleolithic researchers, cave painting is called primitive handicraft and its imaginative manifestations were made on rocks during antiquity. That is, cave painting can be classified as cave engraving, made with natural paint in the period of chipped stone.

The most established discoveries of this type of primitive handicraft date back to the Paleolithic period, around 2.5 million years ago, when human ancestors began to produce the first artifacts in cave stone.

These handcrafted images reproduced in caves, should be visible on all continents and presumably celebrated after researchers found the presence of portable objects from ancestors, such as firewood devices and sculptures in stones, bones, horns, among other materials.

How did primitives paint in caves?

What is known to this day about primitive ancestors or how they painted their art in caves is:  What is known about rock art is a drop, however, what was ignored is an ocean! 

The 5% of these cave drawings found in caves around the world indicate that the materials used by primitive ancestors to create stone art were generally natural paints of regular colors, made from a combination of normal soil components, such as clay. , red ocher with fat and saliva. 

(On other occasions, some primitives used materials such as earth, clay, animal blood, plant pigments, minerals and charcoal. The most used colors in cave painting were black, red, orange, yellow and brown.) 

To make the application, the ancients applied the paint using a brush made by hand from a branch and blowers, produced with bones of birds, to splash the paint on the walls of the cave.


History of cave painting

In the primitive era, the paintings made in caves were found on stones and, therefore, they are very old images drawn on the walls of caves and are spread throughout the planet. 

As indicated by the discoveries, the oldest paintings are dated to 32,000 BC.

Currently, no one knows the purpose of these cave paintings, their authors and meanings, however, some evidence suggests that the drawings were not just to beautify the places, but to record the events and wisdom of the ancients.

That is, in the culture of the troglodytes, the drawings were used to engrave something special in caves and caves, like the history of the ancestors. For example, their conquests and deeds were meticulously recorded in caves to pass knowledge from generation to generation and this means that since the dawn of humanity, human beings have communicated through writing with drawings in stone.

The truth is that there are many hypotheses about cave paintings, however, one  theory suggests  that such paintings served a magical purpose for hunting, hoping to increase the number of animals available to hunt. Or simply, the paintings in the cave functioned as a calculator for records of slaughtered animals.

On the other hand, another more religious theory suggests that a shaman of the tribe would enter the cave and paint his visions, and thus gain the power of the ancestors to predict the future.

In a third theory, he suggests that a wide range of people created these images, most of them women, proving that the shaman's theories were invalid and that women have always been part of art and culture.

Ultimately, there is no way to prove any of these hypotheses right or wrong, so it comes down to looking at the evidence and trying to figure out how the cave paintings were made!

How to make your own Paleolithic cave painting?

You are not as old as your ancestor, but you can make your own stone painting in 30 minutes.

What will you need:

  • Regular size brown paper bag, like what you find in a grocery store and brown paper.
  • Colored chalk or pva paint.
  • Paint, in natural earth tones (or make your own natural paint, with instructions below).
  • Soft bristle brush.
  • PVA spray bottle (optional).

  1. Step 1:  Tear off a large piece of your shopping bag or construction paper and crumple it into a ball. This creates a texture, like a cave wall!
  2. Step 2:  Sketch your design lightly in chalk or pencil to create a design.
  3. Step 3:  Fill in your design with pva latex paint, using a brush.
  4. Step 4:  Dilute some pva paint with water, add to a spray bottle and put your hand to work. Then spray over your hand, creating an outline. This is how cave artists used to sign their work.
  5. Step 5:  Now your cave painting is complete.

For even more fun!

Try taping the paper under a table and painting upside down. This is how cave painters would have worked on this project! 

Place a blanket on the table to create a cave-like atmosphere, and illuminate your work with a flashlight.

Create your own natural paints

  1. Take natural materials like berries, earth or grass, leaves and mash them in a bowl.
  2. Then mix it with water and apply it to the surface of your painting.

Think about it

  1. What story did you illustrate in your cave painting?
  2. Why do you think people painted in caves?
  3. How else do you think people made pictures before paper was invented?
  4. What do you think cave artists were trying to communicate through their art?

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