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Soul of the Ozarks | Watercolor Pigments | 2021-06

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A collection of 6 Ozark watercolor pigments in a reusable tin. The paints are made from local, foraged stone, in large, removable 26 mm metal pans in a reusable magnetized case. Includes 2021-01 heavies, 2021-03a lites, 2021-03b lites, 2021-06 blend, 2021-05 creek shale, 2021-02 lites (ancient white).

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Soul of the Ozarks Collection No. 2021-06 contains 6 Ozark watercolor pigments in reusable tin.

Sourcing for 2021-06

All colors in this set are lightfast watercolor pigments made from rocks foraged right here at Wild Ozark in Madison county of northwest Arkansas. The geological makeup of the mountains here change considerably from location to location. Even within the Kingston area, there are some locations that are mostly limestone type rocks and some locations that are mostly sandstone, shale, and clay. I feel very fortunate that our land is mostly of this latter assortment.

The assortment of colors I’m able to derive from our own stone is impressive. The only color range I have not found yet is blue (though I have found a light-stable one from a certain flower petal). At least there is now a sort of green. I gather stones from all around our own 160 acres here, and also from Felkins creek and King’s river. Both of these other locations are a short distance away from our gate, and the makeup is similar.

The Stone Pigments of 2021-06

These are the colors included in this set. You can read about more of the other stones I use for watercolor pigments here. All of the pigments in this particular set were derived from stones found here at Wild Ozark.

2021-01 heavies

This pigment comes from a soft, red sandstone. Even the ‘heavies’ are highly pigmented and create a smooth paint with only slightly more texture than the ‘lites’.  2021-01 is available in my catalog as a whole, ground pigment for those who make their own paints.

A pan of freshly ground pigment from reddish Ozark sandstone.

2021-03a lites

This is the portion of washed pigment that stays suspended after the heavies sank to the bottom of the jar. The lites are generally smoother and often more pigmented than the heavies. It does stain, so once you’ve made a mark with it, that mark is there to stay although on hot press paper, it can be lifted some.

2021-03b lites

A nice earthy yellow from sandstone that was ground and washed. These are the ‘lites’, the portion that stayed in suspension longer than the heavier particles. It is a smooth paint, well pigmented.

2021-05 Creek Shale + limestone

This black is from a stone found here at Wild Ozark and in Felkins creek. This shale is dark gray and makes a very nice dark gray to black paint. As a wash it makes a nice gray, but can build to density enough for dark black. It is a washed pigment and there isn’t enough difference between heavies and lites to bother separating them. It is, however, necessary to wash this one to remove organic and sulfur compounds naturally present in the rock. It is the sort of shale that oil is extracted from during fracking. The limestone is from Felkins creek. It seems to improve the ‘blackness’ of the paint when used in small quantity.

Source for the black included in Collection No. 2021-05

2021-02 lites (ancient white)

This is an off-white from ancient, tumbled limestone. There are often clay stains and inclusions in our limestone that makes it hard to get a clean, bright white. But this has been a valuable player in my own palettes and I think you’ll like it, too.

2021-06 blend

There is only one source of light fast green out here (that I know of so far). It comes from a grayish green stone and yields a sort of sage to cedar green. It’s the color I use for all green needs in my art. This is a smooth texture, and it does not stain. So if you draw outlines with paint, like I do when starting a new painting, then this is a color you can lift and erase if necessary. It’s called ‘blend’ because it is a mixture of lites, heavies, and a little limestone.


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 System

With the numbering system I use, all batches made from a single jar of ground pigment will have a common prefix. The successive batches will have the same prefix with an additional number or letter to show it is a separate batch from the same batch of ground pigment. These colors should all be very similar to each other but may not be exact. If the number is identical, then the color should also be.

For example, 2021-03b is the name of the batch of ground pigment from yellow rocks. The paints made from this can either be ‘whole’, ‘lites’ or ‘heavies’. If I make another set of paint from this pigment at a later date, I’ll name it 2021-03b1. So, if it came from the first batch of paint I made with that pigment, it’s -03b. If it’s paint from a second paint-making day (with the same pigment) it’ll be -03b1.

But if I grind another batch of pigment from yellow rocks, I’ll give it a different number because these yellow rocks will never be exactly the same as other yellow rocks. If it’s in 2021, that number may be 2021-03c (or whatever letter I’m on, but the year will be consistent throughout the year, and the 03 will always signify yellow rocks).


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 only ones of my paints that are truly transparent are those from plant pigments, like the sassafras root bark in this collection.

Examples of Paintings Using This Paint

You can see the paintings I’ve made using these paints at www.madisonwoods.art if you’d like to get an idea of how they look.

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 8 × 2 × 2 in

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