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.
This set contains a pan of paint made from a fine-grained green sandstone, from the heavies part of the washed pigment. It is slightly textured.
This is a glossy gray from washed creek shale. The balance of binder to pigment makes this one less concentrated in color and more glossy. It’s perfect for adding sheen to the eyes in your painted subjects, or to use where you’d like a bit of shine in the gray. As the top glossy layer is used, you’ll reach more concentrated gray pigment below, which will be less glossy. To keep a bit of gloss, wet only a small spot on the surface of the pan and as you reach the less glossy beneath, take some from the rest of the surface area. In this way, it can be a dual-purpose pan of gray paint.
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.