A set of four handmade watercolor pigments from rocks sourced in Madison county, Arkansas. Each pan is 26mm and removable. The tin is re-usable. This is Collection No. 2021-11. Easy to wet, rich, saturated color.
The ingredients in this paint:
- rock powder (wild foraged here at Wild Ozark)
- Wild Ozark spring water
- gum Arabic
- essential oil of clove (to help prevent mold)
Earth pigments are generally considered to be the most durable and permanent of pigments. These are all made from sand stones found locally here in Madison county, Arkansas. The colors of our pigments are from various combinations of iron and manganese oxides. Whenever I use a source such as shale, it is always a washed pigment because washing removes any sulfur compounds that can cause odor and color changes.
Washed Red Crumbly
This was a crumbly red rock found in the Wild Ozark creek. It’s a washed pigment so the paint is smooth. This one does stain, so it’s not easy to lift. It’s one of the closest colors to true red we have here, though it still has an earthy tint.
The stone this color comes from is the only source of lightfast green I’ve found. It’s a sandstone type rock that has a greenish cast that’s hard to see until it’s in context with gray stones. The paint has a slight texture, is not as staining as the other colors, and is fairly easy to lift or move. I use it for outlines, and for all of my green needs. The color is earthy, as are all of the Wild Ozark pigments. “Heavies” designates it as the heavier portion of washed pigments.
Thin Yellow Lites
A washed pigment from a yellow sandstone found here at Wild Ozark. It is a smooth paint, also less staining than red but moreso than the green. This paint is made from the ‘lites’ portion of the rock, the part that ground fine and stayed suspended longer during washing. This one has a higher balance of binder so the paint is less opaque than Yellow Lites not labeled ‘thin’. It allows more of the yellow to show, with less of the earthy brown tint.
2021-03a Lites + Lime
A washed pigment from a bright yellow limonite rock. This paint is made from the ‘lites’ portion of the rock, the part that ground fine and stayed suspended longer during washing. Although the rock itself is very yellow, the resulting paint is an earthy yellow-brown. I’ve added a little Ancient White (made from creek limestone) to give it a little lift.
About Ozark Pigments and Foraged Paints
A Note about Color Reproducibility & Transparency
All of my colors are made from natural foraged rocks, clay, or other resources. While I may be able to come close to reproducing the color later, it’s very unlikely I’ll get an exact match. There’s enough pigment in each of these pans to paint several paintings in the style I produce. A little bit does seem to go a long ways. But if you want to make sure you’ll have more of the exact same shade, inquire to see if there is more from this same batch. It may not be in the same form, but should at least be the same color.
The Numbering/Naming System
When I’m starting with only one rock or a few that will only make a small amount of pigment, I usually just give those a ‘name’. When I have a large quantity to work with, I assign those batch numbers. Pigment No. 2021-03a, included included in this offer, is an example of such a number-name.
Watercolor paints made from earth pigments are not as transparent as those you might be used to. All of them are more similar to gouache than not. The ones I’ve labeled ‘gouache’ are more opaque than the pigments alone. The ones labeled ‘thin’ are more transparent.
Examples of Paintings Using This Paint
You can see the paintings I’ve made using these paints (not this identical set, but with paints made from the same sorts of rocks) at www.madisonwoods.art if you’d like to get an idea of how they look.