Today I made Rock Mineral Paint. I had a few varieties of red from when I lived out in the southwest. The other colors which are more green/yellow I found a few days back on my Vermont hike up Hunger Mountain. I discovered these rocks would make a great paint by testing them like chalk on a larger rock. If the rock made a line or even accumulated some dust, then this was a que to me that I could muscle the rock down into pigment.
Back at the studio, I created a little crushing lab. I used a cinder block and hammer in a box for the initial smashing. Collecting the fine rock particles from that action, I moved them into a mortar and pestle. With the mortar and pestle along with some muscling, I am able to grind my rock chunks down into a real fine powder. The finer the powder the higher quality the pigment will be. So after literally several meditative hours, I had myself a gorgeous array of earthy colored pigments. That was about a days work right there, I am tuckered out, though still inspired. The next step for me is turning this pigment into some high quality paint. My plan is to use water and egg yolk as my binder. Stay tuned for the next Earthly Paint delights.