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Soul of the Ozarks | 2022-16


A Duo 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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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. These are very easy to wet.

This colors in this set of paint retains a sheen after drying, less so with dilute washes, more so with concentrated application. It’s nice to use where you’d like a little shine.

The paint dries non-tacky, though the pans do stay a little tacky. They’ll be shipped with a dusting of powdered gum-Arabic. I’ll include a little bag of more dried gum so you can dust them after drying out after use. This works in a way similar to putting a dusting of flour on a baking pan to keep the cake from sticking.

Soul of the Ozarks 2022-16




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


Thin Triple Red

2022-16 features paint made from triple washed lites portion of a red sandstone. It’s a very rich pigment that washes to a pinkish. Most of the reds are an earthy red-to-orange, but this one is less earthy toned than some and closer to red than orange. ‘Thin’ refers to the binder/pigment ratio. I used a higher balance of binder in the ratio of binder to pigment. This is what gives it the sheen, as opposed to a matte appearance when it dries.

Thin Yellow

Made from a yellow sandstone, from the lites portion of washed pigment. ‘Thin’ refers to the binder/pigment ratio. I used a higher balance of binder in the ratio of binder to pigment. This is what gives it the sheen, as opposed to a matte appearance when it dries.

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


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