Pigment Hunting

I get inspired by so many things and the more materials I have in my studio the more excited I get about making art. I am also eager to be as environmentally aware as I can in my art practice. So when I saw someone making crayons/pastels with natural pigments I wanted to try to do it myself.

We have some very beautiful cliffs a short drive from us, so I went out on a mission yesterday to see if I could find some earth pigments. These are the beautiful Hunstanton cliffs, in Norfolk, England.

The tide had just turned and this crevice was still moist from the sea.

This red was particularly smooth and gorgeous.

These are the different shades of pigment I found which when dry, need to be ground to a smooth powder. I’m quite excited! 🙂

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