This palette comes from the heart of Beam Paint's family's Maple Sugar Bush, colors inspired by the magical tree in spring with its chartreuse tree flowers, the silver grey and deep black of its trunk, the red maple color and ochre colors of its leaves in the fall. And violet in the punky bark used by elders to dye porcupine quills for basket making. Set in a cross section of a dry sugar maple branch each one marked with unique marbling that comes from slow dry aging maple. From Beam's maple forest, tended and cared for by their family for generations, 1/2 inch pans sealed with hemp oil makes this a totally vegan palette from paint to wood.
About Beam Paints:
Plastic Free, Lightfast pigments, Wildflower honey handmade watercolor paints, 100% Indigenous family entrepreneurship
Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational love of pigment, paint, color, and innovation. I was raised by my artist parents, Carl Beam and Ann Beam, and was taught from a young age how to harvest hematite pigment in the LaCloche mountain range near our home in M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.
Beam Paints draws on my early educations in Indigenous pigment and expands it to encompass all paint traditions. A focus on high quality pigment content creates sublime artist materials, with plastic free packaging. Lightfast pigments, tree sap, gum arabic, and Manitoulin honey, blend together to create a handmade saturated colour that is a joy to paint with. From thick stripes to fine washes and details, quality is evident in every stroke. Our watercolors are shaped into paintstones, our version of a half-pan, before being wrapped in beeswaxed canvas. Our pans are packaged in slices of cedar and birch offcuts from an Indigenous sustainable lumber operation.