Plastic Free Paints, Lightfast pigments, wildflower honey handmade watercolour paints, 100% indigenous female entrepreneurship.
Hand cut and sanded palettes made from reclaimed birch with bark still on. Filled with just pigment and binder, so saturated that the personality of the pigment really shows through.
Available in three gorgeous palettes: Primary Trio, Boreal Forest Trio, Silver & Gold
From Anong Beam,
"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 was taught 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!
These little jewels, are also about our values and support our respect for the earth and being plastic free. They are wrapped in waxed cloth off cuts from a great Manitoulin business www.chemistryandcraft.com and are our answer to halfpans! Free your art kit!!!"
Read this wonderful interview with Anong about her process and history here!