Natural Gum Arabic Granules

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Use natural gum arabic granules for a multitude of purposes.

Painting and art
Gum arabic is used as a binder for watercolor painting because it dissolves easily in water. Pigment of any color is suspended within the acacia gum in varying amounts, resulting in watercolor paint.  You can also make gum arabic glue.

Ceramics
Gum arabic has a long history as additives to ceramic glazes. It acts as a binder, helping the glaze adhere to the clay before it is fired, thereby minimising damage by handling during the manufacture of the piece.

Learn about how to use gum arabic with artists’ watercolors, by watching this video.

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Use natural gum arabic granules for a multitude of purposes.

Gum arabic, also known as gum sudani, acacia gum, Arabic gum, gum acacia, acacia, Senegal gum, Indian gum, and by other names, is a natural gum originally consisting of the hardened sap of two species of the Acacia sensu lato tree, Senegalia senegal and Vachellia seyal.

The gum is harvested commercially from wild trees, mostly in Sudan (80%) and throughout the Sahel, from Senegal to Somalia. The name “gum Arabic” was used in the Middle East at least as early as the 9th century. Gum arabic first found its way to Europe via Arabic ports, so retained its name.

Gum arabic is soluble in water, edible, and used primarily in the food industry and soft-drink industry. It’s widely used in the production of beverages, baked goods, dairy products, chocolate and candy, as an emusifier, thickener, suspending agent, adhesive, film agent, glazing agent and stabilizer

Gum arabic is a key ingredient in traditional lithography and is used in printing, paint production, glue, cosmetics, and various industrial applications, including viscosity control in inks and in textile industries, though less expensive materials compete with it for many of these roles.

Painting and art
Gum arabic is used as a binder for watercolor painting because it dissolves easily in water. Pigment of any color is suspended within the acacia gum in varying amounts, resulting in watercolor paint.  You can also make gum arabic glue.

Ceramics
Gum arabic has a long history as additives to ceramic glazes. It acts as a binder, helping the glaze adhere to the clay before it is fired, thereby minimising damage by handling during the manufacture of the piece.

Printmaking
Gum arabic is also used to protect and etch an image in lithographic processes, both from traditional stones and aluminum plates.

Fuel charcoal
Gum arabic is used as a binding agent in the making of fuel charcoal. Charcoal made from the taifa plant is powdery, and so in order to form charcoal cakes, gum arabic is mixed with this powder and allowed to dry. Fuel charcoal made from taifa and gum arabic is used for cooking fires in Senegal and a few other African countries.

Symbolic value
In the work of Shakespeare, Jacob Cats and many other European poets of the 13th to 17th centuries, gum arabic represented the “noble Orient”. In the Sahel, it is a symbol of the purity of youth.
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