A set of two handmade watercolor pigments sourced from rocks foraged here at Wild Ozark in Madison county, Arkansas. Each pan is 26mm and removable. The tins are re-usable.
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.
I think this stone is magnetite. Whole pigment yields a nice black-brown, but washed pigment offers a nice dark gray to black from the lites and brown from the heavies. The pan included in this set is close to charcoal gray, thin black.
Whole Green + Ancient White
Made from a greenish sandstone, from the whole rock. This is the closest to green source in earth pigments that I’ve found so far. It comes from a finely grained sandstone. The stone itself looks almost gray unless it’s lying next to stones that are more gray. The resulting paint is a grayish-green, kind of sage green. In the pan included in this set, it’s combined with a little bit of Ancient White (creek tumbled limestone).
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.
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.