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Alchemy of Color: Turning Dirt & Rocks into Mineral Pigment Palettes

teacher avatar Karelia Blum, Artist | Mindfulness Facilitator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      What are Earth Pigments


    • 3.

      Tools & Materials


    • 4.

      Identify and Collect


    • 5.

      Extracting the Pigments


    • 6.

      Painting with Earth Pigments


    • 7.

      Your Class Project


    • 8.

      Finding your Style


    • 9.

      Drying Process


    • 10.

      Thank You


    • 11.

      2023 Update: How to Sift Ultra Fine Pigments


    • 12.

      2023 Update: How to Make Watercolors with Earth Pigments


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About This Class

This course will teach you three simple steps on how to use dirt and rocks to create an amazing piece of artwork. 

We will also look into many techniques to turn your mineral pigments into paint. And I will demonstrate how to make Egg Tempera and use acrylic medium to expand your painting skills.



    and HOW TO COLLECT the proper soil and how to IDENTIFY the types of rocks that are ready to be crushed.


    the GEOLOGICAL MATERIAL you have collected into EARTH PIGMENTS. You will only need basic tools to extract the final pigment from the Earth.

  3. STEP 3

    ARE the BINDERS or MEDIUMS available to convert your earth pigments into paint. I’ll teach you my two favorite methods (Egg Tempera & Acrylic Substitute) to create vibrant paint to enhance your artwork.

    Finally, I will share with you a tutorial on how to paint with earth pigments and some tips to prevent common mistakes.

Why take this class?

  • To improve your creative process by connecting with the roots of ancient practices that will benefit your self-expression as an artist and human being.
  • The Class Project will be focused on Painting with the Pigments you gathered in nature. This is an opportunity to experience what ancient artists did for centuries. To motivate you to spend some time in nature and get inspired naturally.

  • I will guide you with an extra lesson (Finding your Style) to also redirect this knowledge in your own work as an artist. And how to utilize this experience for the evolution of your style and artistic vision.

Who is this course for?

This course is for the artists looking for inspiration. For those who feel a desire to keep learning and experiencing new ways to expand creativity.

And for everyone who loves nature and are seeking new activities to spend quality time alone.

For the experimental artists that enjoy creating with their hands and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. 

This course is also for the inner artist child we all have.

What you will need:

  • Stone Mortar
  • Mesh Strainer & Cloth Strainer
  • Bowls
  • Canvas & paintbrushes

The journey of making your Earth Pigments is awaiting for you. Join me.

Much love,



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Karelia Blum

Artist | Mindfulness Facilitator


I have opened this space to share my unconventional way to make art connected to nature. I like to paint with natural pigments made from minerals, make ceramics and many other artistic crafts using flowers and natural materials.

I have experienced myself how nature enhances creativity in many different ways. One of them is bringing diversity in my creations and another one is amplifying my creative energy for self-improvement and self-therapy. For the past three years I have been experimenting with practices to merge art, healing and nature together.

That's how the world of earth pigments arrived into my life, the idea of learning how to paint with the minerals coming from the earth was really exciting to me. Learning from this process h... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello everybody. My name is psychedelia, and I'm a better artist. I welcome you to this small but they're meaningful journey. The reddest covered the art of creating with the focus on every step, starting from how to collect the right types of soil and minerals, how to process them and make your own air pigments. And finally, we'll obtain with them. I will also teach you my two favorite techniques to improve your final product so you can get the results like this. When I say I discovered this technique, I really mean it because before the 18th century, most pigments used by artists were from natural origin, made off of mixtures of organic dyes, resins, waxes, and minerals. But for this class, we will only focus on creating inorganic pigments named dirt and rocks. So I'm here to motivate you, whether you are a beginner or unexperienced artists, to step out of your comfort each night. That spark of inspiration that drives you as an artist. As we get hands on ancient technique and experiment with your own natural pigment. As the end of this class, you will have a rating, your intuitive creativity, learned statement, that new perspective and how to see pigment's color and texture. Joining me. 2. What are Earth Pigments: Now before we start with the steps, I would like to share with you a bit of knowledge and history related to earth pigments. So if you are not interested or already know a lot about them, skip this lesson. Air pigments have been part of history since forever. From cave paintings to pigments produced on a larger scale by the Egyptians and the Chinese. They have been used by ancient civilizations from all over the world. Now, before diving in, I would like to clarify a common confusion when it comes to our pigments, which is to think that these payments come from plants and will be either greater or compost. When in reality, air pavements are actually non-organic. They don't come from plants or insects. These are known organic pigments that are archival and don't biodegrade, which is the beauty of their amazing permanent. So what are exactly air pigments? Pigments are crushed up or structured material that contain a predominant color. We can extract air pigments from soil, rocks, clay, mud, or other earth and lumps of geological material. They are a powder land or ground dust. Let's talk about their composition. Air pigments typically consist of three components. Number one, mineral, iron oxide, which is the principal color producing component. Number two, a secondary coloring agent. And number three, a clay base or carrier of the color. Iron oxide is found all over the earth's surface, and it occurs in many forms and colors. It is a principle coloring agent for most air pigments. And these minerals are composed of varying degrees of iron and oxygen. The secondary coloring agent can also be present like calcium, manganese oxide, carbon silica, limestone, or roof tile, which is the titanium dioxide. For example, roof tile, common in most clays, will make colors brighter or more yellow. Almost all earth pigments have clay as surveys, because clays vary wildly in composition and they can have a wide range of effects on the pigment color as well. The colors of the world. The colors of the pain gametes trade from the soils, geological past. Bright reds and oranges mean the soils were exposed to the oxidizing effects of intense climates. Brighter hues resolve from minerals with a specific elements. The presence of copper lends minerals blue green colors. Sulfur grades by orange, yellows, and manganese presents as faded purple. Whatever you are right now, the ground around you, It's full of colors. I use that you can use the paint. You only need to know how to convert the soil into our pigments. In the next lesson, we will review all the materials that you will need for this process. And no worries, I bet you have all done it at home. 3. Tools & Materials: Welcome back. Now, let's review all the tools you will require for every step of the process. Let's start with the ones you will need for the first step, which is to collect your raw material. Three or more containers with a good seal. And always take extra ziplock bags. It just in case. Any tool to dig into Scratch like a spoon, a small knife, or a little show. For the next step after you have the material collected. This is where you will need to convert the soil into pavements. Storm water. If you don't have one, you can use one or two stones. And I recommend that the piece, you will use this much the material fits well in your hand. So he doesn't hurt you when you use it for an extended period of time. Using a blender can be useful to get a more refined pigment after it's been crushed with a martyr. But consider that it may damage the plates. A strainer to separate the soil from the stones and other pieces of organic material, you may find a cloth, a strainer, or any other thing, fabric. This tool will allow us to extract the finest material. Many bowls to work with all soil samples at each step of the process. Face mask to prevent inhaling or pigments at the finalist stage, when they are very dusty. Small glass containers to store the final payments. The tools for your painting process. Blank canvas, brushes of your preference. Painting medium. We will talk specifically about this in the lesson on how to paint with our pigments. Other tools to paint like a specialized spreaders for paper, whatever you feel like using to create your artwork. And how that do we have review the general process and all you need to start. In the next lesson, I'll teach you how to identify the proper soil and geological materials that will work best for our purpose. 4. Identify and Collect: Hello everybody. This is where things get really fun and fascinating. Now, chances are you live near a forest or some nature spot. Well, others probably live in the very core of the city. So no matter what is your case, don't let limiting thoughts influence your decision on this. If this is the opportunity to go for a full day outside of the city to find your pigments. Go for it. You won't regret it. But before a few recommendations to choose a good place to collect your soil. Follow the water. Water is one of the most essential pigment developers, and it often leads to the exposure of minerals that produce beautiful pigments. For example, coastal areas, riverbeds, drainage ditches, swamps, and even sewage plants. Search for all mini-maps in your area or tracked down lost and abandoned places. Talked to people that may know all stories about these places. Or villagers who worked with the land, the coals are farm. Ask them if they have seen any particular place or came across with outcroppings of red soil. Or okra's. Talking to Keith is also a very good idea. Sometimes they know better. For this first time. I will recommend to select at least two places to collect your soil. This will give you more chances to find a wider range of colors. Now let's graph our tools. Shall we? Welcome back. I decided to come here. This is one of my favorite places feeding Eddie and I love it. The waterfall over there. There is a lot of paths that I can walk to find what I need. There is plenty of rocks everywhere. And it's a beautiful day. Got it? Right before I started to collect my soil. Like to communicate my intention to nature and ask permission to take rainy. And this is such a beautiful mix of colors and I would like to get the whole block so I can separate a little bit of yellow here and the very wide white over here. So we just kind of take that whole piece. Hopefully doesn't bring much beautiful. Here we have like a, a different tonal och-re, which is a little bit more yellowish. Kinda like a mustard color. Here we have a little bit more, even more dark. This is just beautiful. This is the most amazing yellow or orange again, I ever found so far. It's amazing. I'm gonna get another back so I can store it more. Normally it's best to select the soil that doesn't have much rocks. So these spot, for example, it's better than D over here. This is definitely one of the most luckiest day. I never I had never fallen such a rich place. I think. They dig this area for some particular reason, probably for construction for stones. So I never came this far. I actually never had the idea to come by this path. And I don't know. I think it was a connection that I have at the beginning because I was asking to the mountains. I was asking to the apples to guide me, to guide me to find what I need. Now, I didn't ask for any color in particular at DNS for anything specific. I just ask for what I needed. And so grateful to have found this beautiful colors like you're going to see like how amazing they are. But all of these colors over here are very fine. So it's going to be very easy to work with. And now I'm going to, I'm going to look for rocks that are ready to be crushed. So we're gonna go to the river, we're gonna get closer to this really nice place. I know. Hopefully we can find some rocks that we can crush. So that is another really cool way to a struck pigments. And I find out that sometimes in this big rocks, there is a lot of color and a lot of pigments attached in different parts. For example, this color right now, it's very beautiful. It's like a very light pink, almost Salmonella, very light, one color. And all you have to do is get your tool. It's best to work with a knife. This is not too big because you're going to have to be digging and scratching the rock in a very gentle way. Very slow. Know what is rushing you. You can, you don't get much pigment out of this proceeding, but you can get enough For a small piece of our work. So I just recommend to take your time and try to get as much pigment as you want. So I'd see you in a minute. The next technique, or the next way on how to extract the pigments from these geological materials is from these little rocks. So for example, these drugs are very easily find from here. So that's why I kinda tell that it's ready to be, to be extracted, to be crushed into the process in order to get the pigments out of it. So how we can tell when a rock is ready to be crushed and it has already the pigment easily coming out of it. So we just get another, another rock like this one for example. And we're just going to paint on it. And as you can tell, is leaving this mark is not that scratching the rock is leaving the Fichman because now with your finger, you can try to clean it up. So these rocks are ready. On the other hand, if we find rocks that are not leaving any mark when it's scratching another rock. It is simply because they are too hard to work with. And sometimes you can tell that they are ready just by breaking the stone with your fingers. I loved when this happened. They fixtures for inspiration. The trees, the leaves, or any other. And if you don't own an order, this is your chance to find some good rocks to use this tool. Also, don't worry about collecting wet soil. We can let it dry berry easily. But consider that the same soil may look different when wet or dry. So keep an eye to make sure you are collecting very distinct samples. So I think I'm done. But depending on the place that you chose, this process will take a long time or you can get done within an hour. So plan your walk for at least four hours before it gets dark. So you have plenty of time to find what you need and enjoy the moment, enjoy the day, like I did today. You have collected wet soil. Remember that you have to let it dry for at least one day. And also watch the stones are rocks that you have collected as well. In the next lesson, we're going to convert all the material that we have collected today into pure pigments and explore how they reveal themselves. I'll see you there. 5. Extracting the Pigments: Welcome back. This is the step where alchemy takes place. We have all our tools ready. So let's begin processing our soil, the dirt, and then we'll continue to process the rocks and kinda see the differences in each process. Let's start with this very rocky sample. Now. To get the most pigment out of our soil, Let's remove the bigger stones by hand. Don't worry too much about the medium or low ones. Make sure to smash the chunks of there to help the grinding process. And only discard the rocks that don't contain any pigments. When the soil is very soft, you won't need the motor at the beginning to separate the lumps of soil that that attached to the rocks. That's why I'm using the colander right away to filter our first batch. But if one of your samples is very hard to break by hand, you will have to use your motor before. When you are using the colander. Tried to sort only the pigment. Sometimes there is a lot of sand or other little rocks in the same sample that will alter the color if you keep them. So it's best if you don't press the mixture too much against the colander to prevent this fine material to pass. Now, we put our soil in the mortar and crush it the best we can to get the finest material. If you notice that you're still has many rocks, repeat the last step once again until you get this resolved. Then we take our closed strainer and poor are mixed onto it. You will have to secure the Cloud to the container. And you can use a rubber band or anything else. And use your fingers to see if the soil very slowly. This act of oxygenation, it's called mineral breeding. Take the remaining soil and put it back in the mortar to keep grinding. Here we can see how the finest sample should look. This step can take some time. It will want to extract the most pigment out of our soil. And if you prefer, you can use your motor to grind your last result even more. When pulling the pigment from bowl to ball, it is best to put on your mask so you don't inhale any dust particles. Believe me, sometimes it gets a really nasty. Let me show you more samples. This jello soil was very easy process, but it contained a lot of tiny rugs and only a few lumps of pigment. So I carefully smashed does to pass the first filter because the remaining soil was full of tiny pieces of rocks and black soil that they were not going to serve the purpose. Same with this beautiful white color. I enjoy breaking this lungs by hand since the soil was very soft to the touch. And because of this, instead of using the mortar with circular movements, it was best to smash the soul from the outside to the inside to prevent overflowing and applying more pressure to the brake and process. The final result is our pigment. And we can start working with this. But if you want to get picky and filter your pigments to the core. Here's how to do it. Let's take one of our pigments and put it in a glass container at water. Astaire, and let it sit for at least two minutes. You will find little pieces of organic material floating on the surface and you can remove them with a paper towel. The reason we're not getting rid of the water yet is because it contains the finest particles of our pigment, which are the best quality. So we are going to start again the best we can, allowing the finest particles to move around. And we're going to let it sit for less than a minute this time. Then we will pour all the water into a different glass container and let it sit again for at least five hours or overnight. It is possible. This way, the pure pigment will have enough time to separate from the water. Now, the remaining soil is the one containing the heavier particles like sand and tiny rocks. But we're not going to waste it, will put it in a coffee filter until it gets fully dry overnight as well. As you can see, this pigment is mixed with black sand on the button of the container. So by letting it dry, it will be easier to remove the sand when the pigment has formed a little block. Just make sure to put the paper on top of a colander or use a funnel for the water to drip out. Now, let's wait for our finest pigment to set up down. Some pigments will do it fast. Others may take longer. I let both of these samples overnight. And now they're ready to be transferred to a paper filter to dry completely. Dependent on your wetter, the duration of the drying process may change, but you will know when it's time. Here are the results. These are the finest pigments. These are the heavier of the same color. Now, I'm going to take this block of pigment out of the paper very carefully and use a paintbrush to remove the sand the best I can. We can still use this to paint. The reason why the sand is not found at the barn of this block is because when the mixture was poured into the paper filter, the heaviest particles that were at the barn of their container that up on top. Now, let's look at the differences between our three results. This is the one that contains the least amount of pigment in the greatest amount of residue. This is the one of medium quality and contains more pigment than the previous one. And finally, the sample is or purest pigments. And we can see that it leaves a more noticeable mark of color. Sometimes, depending on the pigment. I prefer to not add water and keep the texture of the sand or any other mini particles in the pigment to get my painting a more natural look. Now, let's review the process. When we have the adequate soft stones ready to return into payments. The process is very similar, but I would like to give you some recommendations. Make it a bit easier. Smash you rugs the best you can before putting them in your model. You can use a big rug to help the model to work faster on a smaller pieces. Crashing rocks takes more time and effort than crushing soil. So this is a good practice to develop patients and presents your pieces of rock into your motor and get started. Once you have a fine mix of crushed rocks, passage through the clouds, trainer. In grind what is left one more time until it is all gone. I use a paintbrush to help remove the dust pigments from the surface of my murder and keep every bit of pigment. One more thing you need to know about rocks. It's how the color may fade a little bit when the rocks are being crushed. This is an example. As you can see, the more heat we create, the pigment loses its intensity. So how can we keep the original color the best we can? This is possible by straining the material before grinding or processing anything. Of course, this will only work with very soft rocks, are those that are falling apart into dust particles. Here you can see the result after I filtered the dust through a close a strainer. This is another example of the different color results you may get. The color of the rock is this one. But the pigment with track that looks like this. Now, for experimental purposes, let's see the color of the pigment on paper after it has been prepared with a proper meal. As we can see, every color sample will behave in its own way. Some colors will fade out, others will get stronger, and others who will stay the same. Your pigments in glass containers. And I suggest writing down the name of the color, the place where you collect it from, and the date, if you wish. Now, depending on how hard the soil is or how many rocks you're working with. It may take you up to a day to get all your payments done. And about one more day if you decide to filter some of your pigments using water. In the next lesson, we're going to review all the options that we have to convert these pigments into painting material. 6. Painting with Earth Pigments: Now that we have all our pavements ready, less propeller paint, if you're using a canvas, is completely necessary to use an effective pouring. Are painting medium to help improve the consistency of the pigments that we have created. The purpose of this medium to allow our paint to pour more fluidly and make it easier to adhere to our Canvas. There are many reasons why our payments can be used without a medium. And the most important is that the paint won't adhere to the surfaces. Once it's dry. This applies to paper, canvas, wood, etc, or pavements and water are not enough. If you're painting on paper, I recommend extracting your pigments using the water method to get the final result. This way, you will obtain a more uniform appearance of the color. Even if you're planning to use your air payments as watercolors, you will have to prepare them first with the meaning of your choice and then work with water as usual. Let's talk about all the options you have for mediums. So you can choose egg tempera method. The first painting medium will be using is the classic egg tempera. For centuries. Artists prefer to use egg yolk as medium for panel paintings. In fact, many of the medieval and renaissance masterpieces found in museums and art galleries were executed in egg tempera. It's proved to be more durable than oil and to create a nice glossy texture. The egg yolk serve as a binder that holds the pigment together. Acrylic medium. Using an acrylic medium works very well to slow down the drying process of conventional acrylic paintings. But when working with air pigments, it helps more as a binder. And to preserve clear and white colors. I recommend to mix a little bit at a time to see how you're a specific pigment is reacting to the medium. If you can find acrylic medium, you can substitute this for white blue. Mix with water. Here in Cusco was very difficult to find this kind of supplies. So I bought the best quality glue I could find. And it works fine for me. Refined walnut oil medium. If you have access to refine walnut oil, this one is very easy to work with. All you need is a small amount of any pigment. Create an indentation in the center like a volcano. And it slowly, at a small amount of refined walnut oil, mix it well until you get a thick paste. And that's all you have to do now, is adjust the amount of oil or the amount of pigment. And third, you get a desired consistent or their natural painting mediums. You can find many natural mediums available. For example, using gum arabic powder is a great option as well. But it's a bit difficult to find depending on where you are. Another natural option that has been used here in the Andes for centuries is the cactus. By cutting them into small pieces and soaking them in water, you will get a slightly pick sort of gummy consistency that will work perfect as a medium. For this class, we will be executing the egg tempera method in the white glue substitute. To demonstrate the process of painting with air payments. You can either choose to use both or only one of them to make your process easier, but it's up to you. Let's start with the egg tempera. We're going to need a needle, two egg yolks. Small glass of purify water in one container. Carefully, we need to separate the joke from the white. But if we break it, we need to start over. The reason for this is that the protein found in the egg white, the albumen, prevents the pain from adhering well to the palate surface. So be careful with now that we have our jokes ready. We're going to take our needle and gently peers, they joke and allow it to drain in our container. This way, we ensure that only pure joke is mixed with a pigment and the stack is discarded as well. Next, we add approximately 1.5 to two teaspoons of purify water to that container and steer it so the egg yolk is thin out uniformly. Okay? Once we have this mixture ready, we can combine it with the pigment. It's best to add a little bit at a time until you get the consistency that you prefer. I recommend to a store your egg medium into a steel container. This will prevent it from drying too quickly. Using joke powder can also reduce waste and make the process a bit easier for you. Another aspect to consider is this mail. If you are very sensitive to the other of the yolk, I would recommend adding some drops of clove essential oil into the mixture, but it's totally optional. I have some good-quality club oil, so I'm going to add some to our mixture. This tape will do two things. One, it will take all the other away immediately without creating a weird smell. And two, it will prevent the painting from developing any bacteria depending on the type of environment you are. The last aspect to talk about is painting with white pigments. Since the egg yolk may alter the color, I recommend to use an acrylic medium instead for the lighter colors and proceed as usual. But if you don't have an acrylic medium, less propellers Institute now, we only need white glue, the best quality you can find. Then we're going to add some room temperature water and mix well, and they would get this consistency. Now, let's mix it with our pigment. Let's start with a small sample to get the right consistency and also to see how each sample is reacting to the media. Now that we have our paint ready, it's time to get hands on with the Canvas. Even though I don't have anything specific to paint today, I do have an intention. And I'm getting inspired by the clips from last night that it also triggered a lot of reflection in a lot of knowledge and growth into myself. So I'm going to tap into this energy to be able to manifested here on the canvas. One of the tools that I use normally to relax and to come back to myself and to come back to this present moment. It's reading. I like to take some deep breaths. Excel slowly. The next sound, very slowly. Once I'm completely relaxed and in tune with myself and with the present moment, I am ready to paint. So I'm going to start with my first layer. And I would love to use this dark colors that I have in here. So let's see how it goes. We're working with air payments. There is a risk of removing the paint when applying multiple layers of color. This is a common issue. So it's necessary to allow your first layer to dry well before continuing your process. I will let it dry now. And I will apply the next layer, which is going to be a bit of the moon. And continued to the rest of the painting. Sometimes we'll rethink what we're doing. Or our mind tries to make sense of our strokes. But I prefer to paint in an intuitive. Remember that we are painting with the earth. So allow the color to express her as well. Explore using your fingers to soft and certain areas and blur colors. This is more efficient when painting with their pigments than other conventional paints. Than be afraid of using your hands, are trying new techniques. So remember that you also can mix different colors. And if you can find black for any reason, you can make an assumption and use charcoal instead like I did in this case, bad for charcoal. You have to make sure to use Act emperor like egg medium. Otherwise, with a normal acrylic medium, it will mix well together and you will have this result. After this, I let it dry for a day and give it the final touches. I present to you the result of my painting after a week of drawing. Another thing I love about painting with air fisherman's is that you can easily clean all your working area without the need to inhale a bunch of chemicals. In the next lesson, I would like to talk about your project for this class is a bit special. 7. Your Class Project: Your project for this class will be based in pure creativity. Let's imagine that you are no longer human or that you don't even have a body. But the Jews still exist. How would you picture yourself on this planet? Maybe the way that you feel about nature or yourself. We'll help you to give life to this painting. So these are the considerations to have in mind. The representation of yourself can be abstract or realistic. It doesn't matter. Don't get limited by shapes. Channel any message that's coming from the Earth. To me. It doesn't matter. If you couldn't find the colors that you want it. The goal is pass those limitations. And it's still express yourself on the Canvas. Remember to use the texture of the pigments so you can add, deft, and expand your creativity. Avoid using synthetic pigments because they may not mix well with the ones you made. And they may end up a striping the earth pigments from the canvas. If you feel like using other natural pavements, you're welcome, but don't overuse them. The goal of this project is to pain mostly with the natural pigments that you made yourself. I recommend to get a large canvas so you can have more freedom to express and compose. When you're done, please take some pictures of your final hardware in another picture of the pigments that you mate. Share them in the project section of this class. And tell me how the whole experience was for you and express what this painting means. Do you also don't forget to put the location from where you collected your air pigments. I would love it if you share your pictures on Instagram and tag me as well. One of the purposes of this class is to bring back all the benefits and knowledge of making n painting with our pigments and inspiring more people to join as well. Let's co-create the magic of this class by immortalized in the colors from so many different places on Earth. Now, go have some fun and let's get creative. In the next lesson, I would like to share with you some inspiration and a bit of my own experience finding my style when painting. 8. Finding your Style: When it comes to earth pigments, I love to create abstract paintings. I enjoy getting inspired by nature. For example. I like to observe the colors of the organic matter when it gets decomposed. The colors of the sky after sunset, the layers on the stones and the textures in the trees is just pure our tummy. But a painting, portraits or landscapes are also amazing ways to use your air payments. If you're an experienced artist, you've probably already found your style a long time ago. But if you are a beginner, painting with our pigments is a great opportunity to find what makes your heart beat in excitement when you are in front of the Canvas. In my experience, finding your style is related to how much you know of yourself. And most importantly, accepting and embracing your whole. Why? Because this allows you to be free of your fears of failing or doing something that your mind calls ugly. Without these limitations and limiting beliefs, you will feel more confident in yourself, in your expressability as a human being. There in that sweet spot. You're going to start to cultivate your style and connect more of your personality into your arm. Let's talk about the three art styles that in my opinion, are the most preferred for artist when creating. Number one, abstract art. It is also known as intuitive art. Science. It often represents an emotion. It encourages the audience to focus on how the Earth makes them feel. A stimulus, a reflection, and contemplation. And that is a great tool to explore the elements and to express a bit of chaos. If you feel like it. For both artists and viewers, it offers a distinct sense of freedom and expression. Number two, expressionists arc. This art style. It's also focused on the artist, mood and expression, but using more elements of the real-world. In other words, the sense of reality is distorted with the purpose of expressing the most profound feelings and ideas of the artist. So if you're looking forward to send a message with your art, this is it. Unlike abstract art, where the interpretations of the world can vary greatly. In expressionism, it is easier to identify the emotions that the artist wants to convey. Number three, realism. It is a more precise representation of certain characters, episodes of life, the natural world. These are only three examples of our styles that I wanted to share with you for some inspiration. But my purpose is not to put your creativity in a box, but quite the opposite, which is to encourage you to explore the artistic diversity that exist in you and express it. After all, art is just another way of healing. In the next lesson, we will talk about the drying process for your paintings, which differs depending on the type of medium that you choose. 9. Drying Process: Now let's talk about the durability ended dr, process of our painting. Despite the development of modern petroleum-based pigments, earth pigments are still known to be the most permanent, the most resistant pigments when it comes to light, temperature and humidity. Now, in order to talk about exact drying times, we need to consider the painting medium. You chose signs that drying process will change. For egg tempera paintings. When using this medium, we need to talk about drying and curing time. Since you notice actin para is fast drying. But depending on the amount of layers that you have created, the level of humidity that you're supposed to. He made a cup a little longer for three days up to a week to dry evenly. But decoration or polymerization refers to the amount of time for the painting to not get easily scratch, but your fingernail and for the colors to become richer and deeper in, according to the experts, this process may take from six months to one year. Burnishing your painting is not recommended since it may alter its appearance. Some artists prefer to frame their paintings for placing them under glass. But I honestly prefer just the natural way. For acrylic or polar medium paintings. Here the drawing process is faster. But also consider the amount of layers and the type of pigments that you use on the camp. So we're talking about from two to four days. But if you want to make sure, I will recommend to wait for a week. Depending on your liking, you can burnish your painting, but I wouldn't recommend it myself. I prefer the mat, textures and the natural log of your payments. Whether you use one or the other medium, or payments remain completely stable. We're exposed to a variety of conditions. So as they're looking for a place to hang your new masterpiece. 10. Thank You: Thank you so much to each one of you for being part of this artistic adventure, for giving yourself the time and energy to connect with the earth, to create wonderful our pieces. I can wait to see your work. I encourage you to keep experimenting with natural pigments. And why not get inspired by your ancestors, ancient cultures from your area, the host, so much artistic knowledge, research, explore and enjoy the wonders of this planet. Certainly for me, art is therapy. I'm not a full-time artist, but painting has become a bagel for transformation. Especially when I collect and made my own pigments. Because I learned so much about myself, about nature, and about life itself. This is possible when we learn to observe with our hearts first and remain in the present moment. Just then, we can become channels of the VOD being alive. And finally, I invite you to leave a review for this class. This is my first-class and he would help me a lot. Have your opinion. Tell me everything I would like to read about your unique way of experiencing this process. You would like to follow my work. Please go to my bio here in this platform. Was a great pleasure to share this knowledge with you. And I hope my English wasn't too bad. At last, I want to remind you that we are all in life is 0. I love you. See you again. 11. 2023 Update: How to Sift Ultra Fine Pigments: Hello, Our T-cells. Welcome back. I wanted to share this small tutorial for a long time. It's about simple way to obtain the finest particles of Pigment without using water. Just a small reminder that you don't have to go through this process if you don't want to. But if you are interested in making watercolor paints, it's best if you use the finest pigments you have. By the way, the watercolor tutorial is now available in the next lesson. In the previous lesson on how to extract the Pigments, I taught you the common method of adding water to your sample to separate the finest particles. Now, I'm going to teach you a simpler method, which is using a thicker Cloth to sort your pigments. This is a sample of rocks I grinded and sifted using a mesh like this one. As you can see, it's not very fine. Now, let's put the sample back into the Mortar one more time to crush it again. It's best if you grind your sample a bit at a time when you have lots of pigment. So the particles can break easier. Once you grind it well, you are ready to Sift. You're going to need the thickest non-elastic fabric you can find. Let me show you how thick the one I'm using is compared to the usual Mesh I used to Sift the soil. Search your old clothes. I'm sure you must have something similar. The Cloth needs to be your assistant and allow only the thinner particles to pass. This. Why we're not looking for elastic fabrics that can easily expand by applying pressure with their hands. It needs to be something stiff. Now in a small container, we're going to tie the Cloth and start to Sift. As you can notice, this process will take a little while. It took me around 10 min to Sift approximately one tablespoon of Pigment. This amount is perfect to fill a small watercolor pen, for example. I honestly prefer this method to extract my finest pigments because I can save lots of time. But I recommend using the water method when you need to make a huge batch of Pigment. Let me show you the result. This sample is the one I obtained using the normal thing Mesh. This second one is the residue I got after Sift in the sample with the thick Cloth. In this third sample is the result of the final Sift. And of course, the finest pigment we got. You can tell the quality of the Pigment when you touch it. It just stays in your fingers. In the following lesson, I will teach you step-by-step how to make your own watercolor paints using a gum arabic binder. Then miss it 12. 2023 Update: How to Make Watercolors with Earth Pigments: Hello everybody, welcome back. In this new lesson, I will teach you how to make your own watercolor paints using your earth pigments. Called you need to learn is how to prepare your gum arabic binder and have at least one tablespoon. Any pigment of your choice. Let's review all the materials that you were required. Around one tablespoon of your preferred error Pigment, one glass container with gum, arabic powder, boiling water, one teaspoon of honey and glycerin. It's optional. A few drops of Cloth, essential oil, optional to, let's put the Pigments aside in use the rest of these materials to make your binder. The recipe I'm going to show you is by volume. I find it easier this way. First, measure one part of gum, arabic powder in two parts of boiling water. Here, I'm putting around two tablespoons of gum arabic. And this amount will give you enough binder to feel around ten a small watercolor pens. I prefer to put the powder before the water to help dissolve it a bit better. If you are crushing your own gum arabic arrestin. Sift that the vast you can to avoid too many lamps. Now, at two parts of boiling water. Remember, it's always twice the amount of powder. For example, if you're putting two parts of gum arabic, you will need four parts of boiling water. The more powder, the harder it is to dissolve it. So I recommend adding the water in batches and the solvent it a bit at a time. Otherwise, you will get really big lumps. Use a spoon to mix your solution. In Bush, the small lumps against the container to help dissolve them. Why it is important to use a glass container so you can have much more visibility of the liquid. This solution is a tiny bit liquidity for me, as you can see, I'm going to add a bit more gum arabic powder and mix it again. The result you are looking for is a flight density, not super thick, but not very light either. Once you get to this consistency at your honey in a ten per cent weight of the solution, you have. Now, I am adding the rest of the honey I half-life. And make sure to use honey that isn't mixed with sugar or any other additives, it has to be handed percent pure. The reason we're using honey is to help the Pigments makes a smoothly into the formula and to prevent mold. Adding glycerin is optional, but it will extend the drying time of your watercolor paints. And it will help the gum arabic read dissolve in water the amount of glycerin, it's also around one part of the powder as well. So if you're using two tablespoons of gum arabic powder, you will need two tablespoons of glycerin as well. I liked the consistency I have right now. So the last step, Gumby to add a few drops of Cloth, essential oil to extend shelf life and also prevent mold growth as well. Personally, I really liked the smell. So I tend to add a bit extra sometimes. This is the result. It's best to make small batches. So that comes solution will be fresh rather than history in larger quantities for a long time. Also, depending on your weather, you can store it in the refrigerator or leave it aside. The level of humidity, it is important as well to prevent it from rotting. Now we're ready. Let's bring our pigments to make the watercolor paints. For a small watercolor pen, you will need around one tablespoon of air pigment of your choice. But depending on the color, sometimes you will have to adjust the amounts of pigment or binder to get the right consistency. What's people use? A glass plate and a glass molar blend. The Pigments. I have a nomadic life at the moment. So I can travel with so much weight. But To be honest, have to buy this tools. Today. I'm using a tiny spatula and a small non of servant flat surface to mix my binder and Pigments. It will work just fine. Place your Pigment first. Start with a ratio of one part, come binder to one part pigments. And from there you can adjust as necessary. I like to make a small hole in the middle, pour my binder in there, and it's slowly bring the Pigment to mix it. Some pigments will incorporate easier than others. As soon as you press the mixture against the surface to dissolve any tiny lumps and make sure the color is even. You're doing fine. You must obtain a paste with a thick creamy consistency. In this case, I'm adding a bit more of pigment here because it could be a little more dense. This process, very quick and rewarding. Sometimes the colors will reveal themselves in very unexpected ways. Once you get this consistency, you are ready to place your paste into your watercolor pan. And of course, it's best to let dry your watercolor paint before using it. And if you have a limited amount of Fishman, I would recommend adding a bit less binder at the beginning and adjust it from there. I'm very happy with this color. I found this green clay in Colombia and I fell in love with it. Now, let's see what this color looks like on paper. I also have other colors here that I collected from Columbia. So let's have a look. I am very pleased with the results. And I hope you can go outdoors to collect your Pigments, is you haven't yet. I would love to see your creations. And I invite you to upload into the project section as well. And if you haven't left a review yet, please take 5 min to do it. It would help me a lot. Also, you can download a PDF with this recipe in the resources section. Thank you so much for watching this Update. Nacac