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Soul of the Ozarks | Watercolor Pigments | 2021-10

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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. I use these earthy colors to create my own art and would be honored to see the work you create from them. 

These are freshly poured and will not ship out until 11-19-21 so I can be sure they’re thoroughly dried when they go.

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Soul of the Ozarks Collection No. 2021-10 contains 6 Ozark watercolor pigments in reusable tin.

Sourcing for 2021-10

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 Pigment Sources of 2021-10

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.

Whole Red 

This pigment comes from a very crumble red sandstone that I find in the creek and sometimes on the driveway here at Wild Ozark. It creates a rich, slightly textured paint, and stains the paper. The color does still have a slight earthy tint to it, but it is the one of the closest to a true red the Ozark pigments have to offer yet. It is made from the whole, unwashed stone.

An example of the red stone included in Soul of the Ozarks collection no. 2021-10.

Washed Red

This is from the same crumbly red rock as above, but I’ve washed the pigment to remove some of the grittiness. This alters the color toward orange and yields a rich, smooth paint. Stains.

Mostly Yellow

A nice earthy yellow from a blend of sandstone pigments. Slightly textured. Stains.

Whole Yellow

There is a certain spot on Kings river, not far from here at Wild Ozark, where I can find limonite. It’s a bright yellow stone, but still yields and earthy yellow. Slightly textured, may stain.

Limonite makes a nice earthy yellow paint.

Whole Green

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. As this one is made from whole stone, it is textured. It’s a great color to use for drawing your initial outlines, because it doesn’t stain as much and can be lifted. 

Green stones for green paint.
Using some of the crushed green stone to make watercolor paint.

Whole Black Stone

From a black stone I suspect is bituminous. When using the whole stone to make the paint, it creates a black-brown without a red undertone. It is the only earth pigment source of this shade of brown, but it is very similar to the brown of black walnut hulls. It’s one of the hardest rocks to break and crush, but can make one of the smoothest paints. This particular pan included in 2021-10, this set, is slightly textured.

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. Collection No. 2021-10, the set included included in this offer, is simply named by the stone I collected, because the quantities weren’t large enough to make full batches.

With the numbering system, 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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