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Soul of the Ozarks | 2022-11, -12, -13, and 2022-14


Four different sets of handmade watercolor pigments, sourced from rocks foraged at Wild Ozark in Madison county, AR. Each pan is 26mm, removable & the tins are re-usable.

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These four sets of four handmade watercolor pigments are ready to ship. All sourced from rocks foraged here at Wild Ozark in Madison county, Arkansas. Each pan is 26mm and removable. The tins are re-usable. All are easy to wet. With the exception of the white, they’re all rich, saturated colors. The green in 2022-13 is not as saturated or as rich as the other, darker colors.

Handmade watercolor pigments from Madison Woods. This image shows the four sets in this listing.


The ingredients in this paint:

  • rock powder (wild foraged here at Wild Ozark)
  • Wild Ozark spring water
  • gum Arabic
  • honey
  • 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.

Pigment Sources

Black Sandstone

This is a mystery rock. I’m not exactly sure what it is, possibly bitumen. Whole pigment yields a nice brown, but washed pigment offers a nice black from the lites and brown from the heavies. In all four of these collections, I used the lites of washed pigment.

Green Stone

The stone this color comes from is the only source of lightfast green I’ve found, though it’s more of an olive or cedar green. 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 pan included in 2022-13 is significantly textured, is not as staining as the other colors, and while it is not as smooth as a paint made from the lites, it is still fairly easy to lift or move. The color is earthy, as are all of the Wild Ozark pigments. “Whole” designates it is made from the whole stone.  The pan included in 2022-13 features the whole pigment, with a slight bit of native limestone.

Red Sandstone

2022-14 features paint made from the heavies portion of washed pigment from a red sandstone. 2022-11 features one pan from the lites of a double washed and ground pigment from the same stone. It also contains a pan of the same lites with native white limestone added.

Ancient White

The white in 2022-11 is made from the washed pigment of an unusually clean white limestone that I found in the creek. It’s hard to get a white as white as this one is from our native limestone, because most of the time it is stained with iron. This is the whitest white I’ve ever made from foraged limestone, and I’m not certain I’ll ever find more of it so pristine.

Yellow Sandstone

2022-11 and 2022-12 both contain a pan of paint made from a yellow sandstone, from the whole, unwashed pigment. The color is very rich, somewhat textured, and easy to wet.

Notice: With the humid, hot weather the paints will sometimes stay sticky – especially the ones with a greater balance of binder to pigment. If your paints arrive with a white dust on the surface or inside the container, that is powdered gum Arabic. It keeps the paint from being sticky. it may cause the paint to be a little harder to wet the first time you use it, but that should not be an issue on the second use. If you find they’re staying sticky after allowing them to fully dry out for several hours, dust the surface of them with a little more of the powdered gum Arabic I’ll include in your shipment.

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. The colors in this collection all came from limited quantity rocks, so I just gave them names reflecting the colors.


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.

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 1 in

Wild Ozark, Paleo Paints


2022-11 (set of 5), 2022-12 (duo), 2022-13 (duo), 2022-14 (duo)


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