Individual Paintstones by Beam Paint: Indigenous Handmade Paint


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. Beam paint watercolours are shaped into paintstones, our version of a half-pan, before being wrapped in beeswaxed canvas.

A Note Regarding online sales.  Paintstones are not sold by colour.  If you are purchasing on line, leave us a note about your preferred colours, and we will communicate what we have in stock.

From Beam Paints:

When I make paint I think about my Dad a lot, he taught me when I was really small to identify hematite and look for paintstones. He kept them in his art bag in a little cloth wrapper, and when he needed paint he brought them out and prepared his paint for ceramic bowls, drums, or rocks. I really wanted something of my paint making practice to share the tactile joy of the physicality of paint, and this is it! 

These little jewels are also about our values and support our respect for the earth and being plastic free. They are wrapped in st Armand handmade paper with paper labels identifying the color name and are our answer to halfpans! Free your art kit!!! 

Beam paints are also third party tested by Duke university for ACMI Art and Creative Materials Institute to the ASTM-D4236 to be suitable for use by children so you can feel confident choosing Beam Paints for the littlest artists 

Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational love of pigment, paint, colour, 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.

Read more about colour collection and the history of Beam Paints HERE.