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New Products for 2021!

Squirrel Brushes

We are pleased to offer a bunch of new products in our online store, available today to coincide with the beginning of the Watercolor LIVE! conference. Ancient Earth Pigments is a sponsor of Watercolor LIVE! VIP attendees receive a gift bag of AEP products! Our new product offerings are coordinated with Linda’s demonstration video, which will be shown Friday 1/29 around 8 PM, Pacific Time. Stay tuned to the blog for a link to see this video on YouTube.

New Pigments Available!

We have several new dry pigments on offer. First, Cote D’Azur Violet is back! This classic mineral earth pigment was part of the original product line of Ancient Earth Pigments, and has returned to our shelves . This subtle violet, made from a mixture ground slate stone from Switzerland, is great for florals, clouds, distant mountains.

Alizarin Crimson is now available. This synthetic organic pigment is the same alizarin chromophore that is found in madder lake pigments, synthesized in the lab for greater lightfastness and versatility.

Turquoise Light is a lovely greenish blue mineral pigment that is now back in stock. The color of our Turquoise Light is similar to the light greenish blue of the #8 Mine turquoise (Nevada).

We are very excited to be able to offer two fantastic historic pigments made from semiprecious lapis lazuli stone. Our Lapis Lazuli pigment is finely ground from South American lapis lazuli, and bears a close resemblance to the brilliant Afghan-lapis based ultramarine blue used by painters like Fra Angelico in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Ultramarine Ash (see upcoming video for a demonstration!) is a byproduct of the manufacture of blue pigments from lapis lazuli, but has a softer, blue-grey color that is very very hard to reproduce. Our Ultramarine Ash, when viewed in bright sunlight, exhibit slight golden sparkle from the pyrite inclusions in the native stone.

Brushes for Watercolor Painting

New this year to Ancient Earth Pigments are some special brushes Linda found for watercolor applications. We have some squirrel hair / synthetic brushes in sizes #6 and #8, with #10 coming soon – and a very special sheep hair Hake brush that is great for washes.

Paint Preparation and Storage Products


We’re providing materials and tools for artists who wish to make their own paints. To this end we are introducing a range of tools and supplies for preparing and storing paints. First, we are offering two locally-sourced sanded glass grinding plates in annealed (10″x10″) and tempered (12″x16″) forms, for use with the new Italian #3 Palette Knife and our range of Italian glass and crystal mullers. For those of you working on illumination or with tiny amounts of egg tempera paint, we now have handmade glass mini-muller and 4″x4″ mini grinding plate kits.

Finally, once you’ve made your paints, you’ll need to store them for use in the field or your studio. We are now offering Watercolor Paint Pans, Watercolor Palette Boxes (both in two sizes), and Fill-Them-Yourself Paint Tubes so you can keep your watercolor or oil paints for longer and transport them cleanly and safely. We have a new store category under Tools And Supplies, called Storage, where you can find these specialty tools.

Stay tuned to this blog so you can see Linda’s upcoming demonstration video where she uses some of these new pigments and tools to make watercolor paints, and using them in the field. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments about the new products. If you like them, be sure to do a review!

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Ancient Earth Pigments on Streamline Live!

AEP tutorial at Streamline with Eric Rhodes

Today Linda was interviewed live by Eric Rhoads of Streamline Publishing, and did a quick demonstration of making watercolor, gouache, and egg tempera paints for an international online audience! Check out the replay of the live stream below.

Ancient Earth Pigments will be a sponsor of the Watercolor Live on-line conference, January 27-30. Sign up at a discounted rate before January 10th. VIP attendees will receive a gift bag of AEP products (while supplies last)!

Also check out our previous videos on Making Davy’s Grey (mixing pigment powders to match a target), and Making Egg Tempera!

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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 (https://foodbanksbc.org). 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 (https://www.directrelief.org) 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 (http://www.studentartfund.org). 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 (directrelief.org), 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 (foodbanksbc.org), 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 (studentartfund.org). 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