This Paleo Paint set is listed in both the Paleo Mini’s category and the Travel Sets. It comes in a plastic case which holds the palette, a rag, and a water bottle. The palette base is made from wild plum and each little ‘boat’ that holds a Paleo Mini are hickory husks. Each boat is magnetized.
How long does a Paleo Mini last? It generally takes me a while to use most of these colors except the black – I do use a lot of black, but a mini-cube will paint more than one of my typical raptors with a lot of black.
Collection No. 3
- Red Heavies came from the same red sandstone that created the Red Lite Lites. It is the sandiest portion that sank to the bottom the quickest when I washed the paint.
- Black Sandstone is the hardest of all the rocks I’ve ever ground up. But an amazing thing happens when I put it on the mulling plate. It seems to just dissolve into the media. And it makes a really nice brown. Just goes to show that the color of the stone doesn’t necessarily mean the color of the paint.
- Shale Gray, as mentioned above, comes from the black shale that I find in the creek. It’s a very crumbly thin layered rock when it dries out, but it mulls into a really buttery textured paint. It has to be washed after grinding, though, as it is one of the rocks containing sulfur compounds. If not washed it really stinks pretty badly.
The Paleo Mini Pigments (listing specifies which colors are available)
The varieties offered will change as I make my own paints. The list below will be added to as I make a new color that wasn’t previously listed. Not all colors are available at all times. I have an article that gives more information on the various colors and what they come from. Click here to open a separate tab to read it. I’ll update it with any new colors as I find or create them. The following is a list of intermittently available Paleo Mini Paints.
- Red Lites
- Red Middles
- Red Heavies
- Red Middles Gouache
- Whole Red Clay
- Red & Yellow lites combo
- Whole Yellow
- Yellow Lites
- Yellow Gouache
- Green Lights Gouache
- Green Heavies
- Red plus Pink
- Bone Black (bone sourced, light fast)
- Vine Black (plant sourced, but light fast)
- Antler Black (antler sourced, light fast)
- Shale Gray
- Brown Brown (Black sandstone)
- Sassafras Root Bark (plant sourced, light fast)
- Sassafras Leaf (plant sourced, light fast)
- Red Leaf of Black Gum (plant sourced, light fast)
- Earthy Murdock (brown brown with Murdock)
- Cromwell’s Sunrise
- Whole Earthy Delight
- Sassy Lake (a very pale yellow lake pigment from sassafras leaf)
A Note about Color Reproducibility & Transparency
All of my paleo mini paint cubes 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 dots to paint several swatches, and possibly full small paintings in the style I produce. A little bit does seem to go a long ways.
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 paleo paint samples that are truly transparent are those from plant pigments, like the sassafras root bark in this collection.
You can see the paintings I’ve made using my handmade watercolor paints at www.PaleoPaints.com if you’d like to get an idea of how they look.