These beautiful, plastic-free paints are made by Beam Paints, an Indigenous female-owned and operated business on Manitoulin Island. Anong Beam was raised by artists, and taught from a young age to harvest hematite pigment from the LaCloche mountains near her home in M'Chigeeng First Nation.
Each paint is handmade from lightfast pigments, tree sap, gum arabic, and Manitoulin honey, and sustainably packaged in cedar and birch offcuts sourced from an Indigenous-owned lumber corporation. Wow!! (We are in love.)
"When I was in art school I went with a much loved but ragtag set of hand me down paints, and I used those in a lot of my painting classes and not well! Raised by artists, and always in art class, I was quietly accepting that I was just not good at mixing colours, and I would layer some but mostly use them from the tube or jar. Later as an artist I would look at colleagues who mixed beautiful hues with appreciation resigned to my standard palette. Then as a paint maker I realized I just never had the right palette!!! This is the set, with these colours clean bright mixes happen effortlessly! Happy painting!