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To Remind: Make a Difference on Giving Tuesday!

Every kindness counts in these stressful times. An encouraging word, the cheerful wave “Hello!”, the Air Hug and even a one dollar donation. JOIN your fellow artists from as far away as Texas in donating to these outstanding groups.

To further reward our customers we are giving you a 15% discount, while we give 5% to your choice of charity listed, here.

Photo: Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County FoodBank ( Hunger amongst families and school-age children is a terribly growing need. Ex. Our local school hot meals program is feeding an astonishing number of kids K-12, whose parents and extended families are struggling to find and keep jobs, often on the front lines of the epidemic. Our FoodBank is close to running out of food reserves.

Photo: David Uttley, Direct Relief

Direct Relief ( brings much needed humanitarian relief “Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone in Need.” From Coronavirus protective gear and critical-care medical supplies, to disaster-affected communities, to supporting healthcare agencies and first responders in emergencies across the U.S. and globally. (Over seven million pounds of medicine and supplies; over one billion dollars in medical aid; 156,137,054 doses of medicine since January 2020.)

The Santa Barbara Art Association- Student Art Fund ( I’m a co-founder of the SAF, so it’s dear to my heart. In this time of pandemic, kids are exhausted by lack of in-person learning, loss of the give and take of classroom discussion, socialization with multi-age groups, family stresses and internal anxiety. The SAF is helping teachers to provide new and used TAKE HOME supplies so students can continue to create. Your donation helps bridge that grim loss of shared classroom supplies and facilitates opportunities.

Use the code words GIVEFOOD, GIVERELIEF or GIVEART when going through the checkout.

Thank you for Making a Difference!

Sincerely, Linda D. Nelson, Family and Friends at Ancient Earth Pigments

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Give Thanks this Black (Mirror) Friday

Black Mirror
Italian Glass Black Mirror – unique and makes an excellent gift for the artist in your life!

Thanks for supporting Ancient Earth Pigments!

We have an offer for you, and we’d like to give back to our community with your help.

Choose one of the following three coupon codes to receive a 10% discount on your next order of over $50.

And, we will make a donation of 5% of your order cost to the local charity you select with the coupon.

GIVERELIEF: We will donate 5% of your order cost to Direct Relief (, a Santa Barbara-based organization that provides medical and rescue supplies all over the world in response to natural disasters.

GIVEFOOD: We will donate 5% of your order cost to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (, whose annual efforts are most intense at Thanksgiving.

GIVEART: We will donate 5% of your order cost to the Santa Barbara Art Association Student Art fund ( The SAF provides art supplies to local school art programs according to the needs articulated by the teachers. The SAF also sponsors the very popular Grandparent Portrait Show, highlighting the achievements of local art students in all kinds of media.

To use one of these coupons, enter the code you choose during checkout.

Discount applies to your entire order, including sale items, on orders over $50. Expires end of day, 1 December 2020 (Pacific Time).
Cannot be combined with other offers.
One coupon per customer. Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ancient Earth Pigments

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Seeing Reds

Hi Ancient Earth Pigment Fans!

As you know by now, we’re a small company with a big heart.

I worried that our Scarlet Red (PAR 11) is a bit pricey, but affordable reds are hard to find.

I think our watercolorists and oil painters would like Alizarin Crimson for their florals and skin tones. So we got samples in and I swatch-tested them against our existing Scarlet Red (PAR 11).

We’re looking for your preference among these “test” reds. Send us an email to let us know which ones you like.

Please vote for 2 –

   Scarlet II

   Alizarin Crimson

   De Medici Red

We’ll order the winning pigments to have them in stock before the Holidays, and, before Watercolor Live.  We are a Silver Sponsor!  Another Blog post will give lots of details if you didn’t get to enjoy Plein Air Live or Realism Live. If you haven’t signed up, please use this link.

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Mixing Davy’s Grey – A Video Demonstration

You can use our products for many different applications. In this demonstration Linda shows how to mix pigment powders to match existing paints. Davy’s Grey in pastel is no longer available from the manufacturer. However, using our pigments, you can match the color and make your own pastel, egg tempera, gouache, watercolor, or oil paints.