handmade watercolors

Shades of Shale

Black shale is a common rock in our creeks and streams. The rocks are brittle and easy to crumble, and make a dark gray rub. A great candidate for making some paint.

The journal entry for my latest pigment "Pottery Shard".

Pottery Shard

A few weeks ago during my morning walk, I found an old pottery shard. So I put it in my pocket and finished my walk. It looked like it might make a nice paint, but I debated over whether or not to crush it. The shard, or sherd, as the term is known in archaeological …

Pottery Shard Read More »

Wild Waterfall Slate

This rock lives near the waterfall and because of the various hues of colors I saw in it, became one of my first few sets of paints. I called it “Waterfall Shale”. I think it’s really slate, though.

A Paint-Making Experiment with Murdoch’s Mystery Rock

A thoughtful person by the last name of Murdoch, who happens also to know a bit of geology, enjoyed my display over at Kingston Square Arts, bought a print, and then came back and left me a box of rocks. And today I embarked on a paint-making experiment with one of those rocks. It is …

A Paint-Making Experiment with Murdoch’s Mystery Rock Read More »

Pink Tequila

Pink Tequila comes from a pink sandstone, but the resulting paint or pigment color isn’t pink at all. Or at least, not very much. It’s closer to orange, but there is a slight pink tinge to the orange. This one, like so many others have the past year, surprised me. As a stone, it looks …

Pink Tequila Read More »

Making black paint from wood char.

Black. The Messiest Color Start to Finish.

Sometimes I’m overzealous with the black. More honestly put, I am almost always too generous with the black. I put more on than I need and so end up taking a lot of it right back off. Why I love Black And that highlights one of the great things about my black handmade watercolor paint. …

Black. The Messiest Color Start to Finish. Read More »

Collection No. 5, Soul of the Ozarks Series

Collection No. 5 is SOLD OUT. Collection No. 5 Instead of nine fabulous shades, this one has four. Collection No. 5 has ‘Ancient White’, which is not included in the previous collection, although it is included in the Collection No. 3. Four colors are more than enough to make incredible art, though.  A smaller set …

Collection No. 5, Soul of the Ozarks Series Read More »

Madison’s Twisted Trees & Twisted Tree Swatches

When I make a new paint, I like to try it out on something in a monochrome painting. So I started making Twisted Tree Swatches. It was so much fun to create these twisted trees that I began a series. The first and second ones are done, and I’m sure there will be many more …

Madison’s Twisted Trees & Twisted Tree Swatches Read More »

Collection No. 4 of the Soul of the Ozarks series of Wild Ozark Paleo Paints

“Soul of the Ozarks” Collection No. 4 – Wild Ozark Paleo Paints

Introducing the latest collection in my Soul of the Ozark series of handmade watercolors: Collection No. 4 … SOLD OUT. Whole Purple Sandstone (textured) All of the ‘purple’ colors I’m making are sourced from a single large rock that I found on our county road after the grader passed over it with his blades. It …

“Soul of the Ozarks” Collection No. 4 – Wild Ozark Paleo Paints Read More »

Scroll to Top
%d bloggers like this: