Make Your Own Paint Using Pigments
All levels | 1 hour 1 min
Make Your Own Paint Using Pigments
Making paint
Test sheets
Endless possibilities for paint texture and hue can be at your fingertips. Color luminary Lisa Solomon is here with tips to make, refine, and properly store your own paint. The process is satisfying and fun to watch. You can work with the finest tools, or figure it out with some regular household items. Paint requires a pigment and a binder, and Lisa will share all her techniques for how to add the magic. Create an archive of color test sheets that any professional would envy.                     
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • For an extensive list of Lisa's resources and links, download the class PDF
  • Assortment of pigments:
    •     Kremer pigments
    •     Jacquard pigments
    •     Earth pigments (such as Color Rare)
    •     Mica pigments (such as Soap Beautiful)
  • Windsor and Newton gum arabic solution (or make your own, see below)
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Glass tile or glass cutting board
  • Glass muller or mason jar weight or jar with stones
  • Palette knives
  • Pliers to close tubes
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Whisk
  • Set of measuring cups
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • Liquitex matte medium or gloss medium or acrylic polymer
  • Empty 6 x 14ml paint tubes
  • Round tins/ "Altoid"-size tins (3.75 x 2.45 x 0.8 Inch)
  • Jars with lids
  • Linseed oil
  • Paintbrushes
  • Meeden watercolor tins and loose half pans to insert
  • Bee Paper mixed media paper (optional)
  • Fluid brand hot press watercolor paper (optional)
  • Gum arabic recipe materials: distilled water/ honey/ clove or thyme oil / hot water (optional)
  • Pigments shown/used onscreen:
  • Vine Black by Kremer
  • Brentonico Green by Color Rare
  • Yellow Oxide by Douglas & Sturgess
  • Quinacridone Magenta from
  • Silk Purple by Soap Beautiful
  • Venetian Red by Kremer
  • Flamingo Pink by Jacquard
  • Burnt Umber & Buff Titanium pigments by Color Rare mixed together to make "Mocha"        
Learn how to:
  • Make watercolor paint
  • Make oil paint
  • Make acrylic paint
  • Make your own gum arabic solution as a binder for watercolor paint
  • Store paint properly
  • Make test sheets of the colors you made    

What you'll get:
  • An 8-part series of easy-to-follow video lessons on how to make and properly store your own paint
  • 10 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list, including a robust PDF filled with resources
  • Step-by-step instructions from author, artist and educator, Lisa Solomon
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students

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Class Reviews
243 users recommended this class to a friend
Lisa is amazing! So much knowledge, and teaches paint making so beautifully, with attention to tons of information about materials and process. I love how she records her process, and shares her results at the end... to show what works and what doesn't. So helpful.
February 13, 2023
Olives Oranges
excellent. i hope to be able to make watercolor someday!!! thank you
More than 3 months ago
rosiland henderson
I have many questions about the oil part. How contagious is it? I have never used it before only acrylic and water paint so far. Other than that I love every minute of it.
More than 3 months ago