Tis'gan translates to "put colour on it!" The perfect word to describe these limited run watercolor sets made in collaboration by Beam Paints and Chemistry and Craft. A plant dyed waxed canvas water color case encloses 6 paintstones with fold out beeswax canvas flaps. Everything is hand-made and plastic-free on Mnidoo Mnis, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
The case by Chemistry and Craft is made simply with plant-dyed waxed canvas, vegetable-tanned leather, and waxed cotton. Materials used: 55% hemp / 45% organic cotton canvas, organic cotton thread, local beeswax, hemp oil, recycled cotton liner, vegetable-tanned leather, plant-based dyes.
To find out more about the paintstones included, here.
rolled up the set is 8 3/4" x 2"
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 harvesting 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