About Us

Photo by Bob Paz


Ancient Earth Pigments (AEP) was founded 2010 by John and Bjo Trimble. We live in, and operate out of, a small 104-year-old house in the Southern California foothills near Pasadena. We share the house with our middle daughter, her husband, and two very helpful dogs, Kirby and Stitch. AEP started in our garage and moved to one corner of the sewing room. It’s far warmer in the house, and the dogs can lick elbows at will.

Our mission is to show everyone of all ages how to make their own historic pigment and ink. Our goal is to develop Ancient Earth Pigments into a going business so we can travel to learn more about the magical, ecological pigments that we sell. John is our entire Fulfillment Department; filling jars, packaging orders, and making trips to our friendly local Post Office. Bjo is tutorial writer, online cataloger, photographer, workshop teacher.

Join us on Facebook to share your colored earth or iron-gallnut ink projects. We enjoy finding out how others work with the same colors that we love so much. — John & Bjo