A beautiful collection of four paints by Beam Paints in an abalone shell with a travel brush and a waxed cloth wrapper. This Painted Turtle watercolor set is inspired by the striking colors of a painted turtle’s belly. Made from plant based pigments and a homemade binder, the vivid colour rewets beautifully and is lightfast. The set includes four hues: Graphite, Turtle Belly Orange, Yellow Bean, and Pine. The accompanying shell in each set can be used as a palette and carrier. They symbolize a great star that appeared in the sky to guide the Anishinaabe people in their great migrations, prior to European contact. The shell is commonly used to hold a ‘smudge’. A bit of white sage and other plants burned in the shell and their smoke would dispel negative energy, and carry prayers to the creator. The set is wrapped in a waxed cloth which can be used as a mixing palette or to hold paintstones together while on the go and safely seal them when not in use.
Each paintstone is approximately 3/4" x 3/4" Each set of four paints and the accompanying shell, brush, and waxed canvas wrapper are presented wrapped in a paper tape label with information about Beam Paints inside of the packaging, ready to go for gifting.
Travel brush size will vary*
Beam Paints was started by Anong Beam who grew up harvesting hematite pigments with her parents in the stunning natural landscape of the lacloche mountain range near her home in M'chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. She learned a love of pigment and color from her parents who are both artists and eventually this early knowledge of indigenous pigments was used to make her new line of paints focusing on sublime color and biodegradable packaging. All the paints and packing is hand made, hand cut and sanded from reclaimed white cedar and birch or wrappers hand printed in shop with plant based inks and waxed with local beeswax. Beam Paints is a plastic free company.
"When I make paint I think about my Dad a lot, he taught me when I was really small to identify hematite and look for paintstones. He kept them in his art bag in a little cloth wrapper, and when he needed paint he brought them out and prepared his paint for ceramic bowls, drums, or rocks. I really wanted something of my paint making practice to share the tactile joy of the physicality of paint." Anong Beam