A few weeks ago, I decided to give Egg Tempera painting with crushed stone a try to better understand how the process of making natural paint pigments works. I’ve never painted seriously in my life, and I do not have a background in making paints or creating paintings. This was just something that seemed interesting and creative, so I went with it.
To start, I researched different methods for making natural paints. Pretty quickly, I decided that the Egg Tempera Paint method was the route I would be taking. I found a great (and short) tutorial online that helped me understand the basics. Here is a link to that tutorial –> “Egg Tempera Paint”
I didn’t have a paint brush at the time, so I used a Q-Tip and mixed the pigment up in a bowl. Experimental mode for sure! But, I was really curious. I created brush strokes with the different pigments across the surface. It built up a really nice texture after going over it a few times.
It was a really interesting process to go through. Creating my own paints, figuring out what to create, and, ultimately, applying the paints to the canvas. I had a real sense of excitement at the prospect of creating art from the Earth… all natural, of-the-Earth artistic possibilities. We get really excited about the prospect of artists being able to create with our materials. It’s a big part of why we exist as a company.
I was pleased with the results and decided that I had to do another project.
Cho Ku Rei Painting
For my next project, I wanted to experiment with some different pigments. I chose Crushed Sulphur, Malachite, and Hematite. For the background, I wanted to create some type of gradient with the paint – a transition from red to yellow. I started with the Hematite on the right hand side and slowly worked my way towards the Sulphur.
As with the first painting, I found myself in awe of the bright and vibrant colors that came through. Deep, rich, bright, and pure.
For those of you who are interested in Reiki, here is a bit more information about the symbol:
“Cho Ku Rei, which is considered one of the first symbols used in Usui Reiki essentially means “Placing all the powers of the universe here”. The Reiki power symbol basically works as a “switch” that helps to instantly increase Reiki practitioner’s ability to channel the energies. The main purpose of using it is to enhance the power of Reiki and draw the energy around and concentrate it on the required purpose. The power symbol looks like a coil.” reikirays.com
Om Symbol Painting
For the next project, Kourtney picked up a brush and decided to do an all natural painting with our Lapis Lazuli and Malachite powders. To start, she spent time creating a beautifully textured background. We learned that as the pigment/paint settles, you end up with a progressively thicker paint. This approach creates a variety of dimensional layers across the canvas. It’s fun to watch it build over time and evolve.
To create an even more textured finish, Kourtney allowed her canvas to dry for a day and then went back over the Lapis with an additional layer that was intended to be thicker. It turned out great!
A little bit more about the Om symbol:
Most faiths have trinities in their roots and Hinduism, where om was born, is no different. Even though it’s usually pronounced seamlessly so it rhymes with “home,” om is made up of three syllables: A, U, and M, or, phonetically, “aaah,” “oooh,” and “mmm.” Experts say these syllables can represent a slew of trios, including: the heavens, earth, and the underworld; the Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (aka creator god, sustainer god, and destroyer god); and the waking, dreaming, and dreamless states — “to represent all of consciousness,” says Yoganand. huffingtonpost.com
We’re both really excited with the results of our painting projects so far and can’t wait to see how others start to approach and create with the material!
In the next post, we will dive into the pigment creation process we’ve started using on our end. The experimentation continues and we can’t wait to share the results!