Unless otherwise stated, all paleo paint samples in this set are earth pigments and light fast.
The Pigments (see listing for which are included)
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 paint samples.
- Red Lites
- Red Middles
- Red Heavies
- Red Middles Gouache
- Whole Red Clay
- 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
- Sassafras Root Bark (plant sourced, light fast)
- Sassafras Leaf (plant sourced, light fast)
- Red Leaf of Black Gum (plant sourced, light fast)
- Cromwell’s Sunrise
A Note about Color Reproducibility & Transparency
All of my paleo paint samples 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.