LAST THREE LETTER STRETCH!! I have never been happier to round this last corner. I’m slumped against my kitchen counter after a successful Pikes Peak Writers Conference (I had a pun that rhymed with an inappropriate word to spruce up that sentence, but I’m so tired and got distracted by the rhymed word I forgot the pun. This is what happens when you cram a bunch of writers together for three days.)
X is for xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a key ingredient in creating watercolor paints. The gum keeps the paint thick while in the tube, but then dissolves in water, leaving only pigment/color on the paper. Some paint companies substitute other binders in place of xanthan gum, such as honey. Either way, without a binder, we wouldn’t be able to do paint the deer I did above.
Xanthan gum is also used as a substitute in gluten-free baking and in toothpaste. I interpret this as saying you may be brushing your teeth with my watercolor paints. I personally think ultramarine blue would look fabulous as a tooth color.