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Paint-Making Workshop | By Appointment

$150.00 $150.00.

Spend a day with me learning the art of making watercolor paint from foraged earth pigments. 

Use the booking button below to email me and set up your date! I’ll send an invoice once we’ve sorted out the schedule.

Join me for this introduction to paint-making workshop. Learn the joy of smashing rocks and making your own handmade watercolor paints. This event listing is for a private workshop for individuals or groups up to 5 persons. The price is per person. It is for a full day of introduction level paint-making from the ground up and will include only your booking.

Prepayment is required to finalize the booking. The workshop is weather-dependent. If I (or you) need to cancel you’ll be refunded 100% for the workshop or offered rain check. If you’ve come from out of town and are staying in the local lodging options, if weather becomes an issue, we’ll try to reschedule before your stay ends. Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee weather cooperation. I would refund the workshop costs but not your accommodations cost or travel expenses.

An Introduction to Making Handmade Watercolor Paint from Scratch

Join me for a day of rock-smashing fun! Spend the day making watercolor paints by hand from the rock to the finished paint. If you’d like to be notified of future workshops, join my mailing list and be sure to check off the “Workshops” special interest group.

  • When: By Appointment
  • Where: Meet at the Wild Ozark gate (I’ll email address to participants)
  • What Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • What to Bring: lunch (optional-there is also the cafe in town about 30 min away), water to drink, tick spray, rubber boots or feet that don’t mind cold water)
  • How Many: capacity 5 persons, cost is per person.

Overview: Foraging for Pigments and Making Paint

The first thing we’ll do in this paint-making workshop is gather the pigments. We’ll forage first, collect rocks from the creek, or clay from the landslide.  After that we’ll break for lunch. Then we’ll use my Phenomenal Rock Crusher to turn them into powders, but I’ll also show you how to do this with mortar and pestle. This is how I do small quantities, and it’s how you’ll need to do it if you don’t have access to the machine. I’ll show you how I make the media binder. Then we’ll process the pigments into rough handmade watercolor paints. Making a smoother, more refined paint is a longer process, but I’ll show you how to do that, too and you can try it at home.

Join me in a paint-making workshop. Here's a typical Wild Ozark stone that will work great to make pigment for watercolor paints.
A typical Wild Ozark stone that will work great to make pigment for watercolor paints.

Paint-Making Workshop Schedule

This isn’t meant to be a rigid schedule, but an idea of what sort of things we’ll be doing throughout the day. If foraging or another part of the schedule takes longer, or less time, then we’ll adjust accordingly.

  • 10 am: Meet at the gates of Wild Ozark, forage for rocks
  • 11 am: Break rocks into smaller chunks
  • 12 pm: lunch
  • 1:30 pm: grind rocks into pigment powders
  • 2:30 pm: mull pigments into watercolor paints
  • 4:00 pm: clean up and go home

We’ll go over what kinds of rocks make what kinds of colors, you’ll get to smash a few different types to see the differences between the rocks and how they process. I’ll go over how the gum Arabic solution is made. You’ll go home with a few pans of paint that you’ve made yourself from Wild Ozark rocks, and you’ll never look at your surroundings the same way again!


If you are coming in from farther afield and want a place to stay overnight there are a few local options. To give you some travel time ideas: It’s about 20-30 minutes from the Kingston town square to Wild Ozark, and about 45 minutes from Huntsville, an hour and a half from Harrison and Fayetteville. Here’s a list I’ve compiled, plus my daughter has another little tiny house option right off the Kingston square that should be coming online in the next month or two:




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