Beam Paints Indigenous-Made Watercolors: Ghost Ranch Palette


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We are excited to offer a range of indigenous-made watercolors from Beam Paints on Manitoulin Island in Canada. Beam Paints is located in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island/Mnidoo Mnising. Beam Paints watercolors are for use on paper and are not textile dyes. But their products are a wonderful intersection of colors derived from high quality pigments and ingredients. Anong Beam has been very thoughtful about the pigments she uses. She has rigorously tested her paints for lightfastness and safety. I think you will find her palettes beautiful and inspiring.

The Beam product line includes a specialty watercolor palette of 4 paintstones (each roughly equivalent to a half-pan) inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, New Mexico. Paintstones are lightfast pigments, tree sap, Manitoulin Maple syrup, and gum Arabic. The Ghost Ranch palette comes packaged in sienna waxed canvas. The colors are: Cherry Magenta, Morning Peach, Bread and Yellow Ochre.

Anong Beam from Beam Paints writes

These little jewels are also about our values and support our respect for the earth and being plastic free. We wrap in folded handmade paper from St Armand Papeterie in Montreal, and are our answer to halfpans! Free your art kit!!

Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational love of pigment, paint, colour, and innovation. I was raised by my artist parents, Carl Beam and Ann Beam. And I they taught me from a young age how to harvest hematite pigment in the LaCloche mountain range near our home in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Beam Paints draws on my early educations in Indigenous pigment and expands it to encompass all paint traditions. A focus on high quality pigment content creates sublime artist materials, with plastic free packaging.

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, and this is it!


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Weight 250 g
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