Colors are presented by collection but some of them are not assembled in collections
Ocres del Oeste Collection
Color No. 1 - Red ochre - Rosario soil series (#Ox102) - From Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; The dark reddish-brown color of this soil originates exclusively from the western region of Puerto Rico and is formed from serpentinite rock. This soil is notable for its high clay and iron oxide content and manganese-iron concretions, resulting in a deeper and more vibrant hue.
Color No. 2 - Yellow ochre - Coto soil series (#Ox112) - From Isabela, Puerto Rico; The ocher shade of this pigment originates from soils prevalent in the central and northeastern parts of Puerto Rico. The unique color of these soils can be attributed to the abundance of clay minerals known as goethite.
Color No. 3 - Deep brown - Fraternidad soil series (#Erts303) - From Lajas, Puerto Rico; The deep brown hue of this color comes from soils located in the southern region of Puerto Rico. An interesting feature of soils in the Vertisol order is their high content of smectite-type clays, known for their property of expanding and contracting. This phenomenon causes significant cracks to form in the soil.
Color No. 4 - Sienna - Guanajibo soil series (#Ults102) - From Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; This soil series is distinguished by the occurrence of plinthite, a material that exhibits speckled shades of yellow and red, influenced by processes of reduction, oxidation; deposition, and depletion – an intricate and poetic interplay. These patterns are formed due to water movements, and we can also notice the presence of iron oxides like hematite and goethite within the soil.
Color No. 5 - Brown - Daguey-Humatas (#OxUlts) - From Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; This color is the product of an association of soils from the Daguey and Humatas series. A soil association refers to units composed of multiple types of soils. Soil series can form Catenas (sequences of soils) within the same landscape when they share common characteristics in their formation processes.
Color No. 6 - Gray - Cuchillas soil series (#Epts372) From Yauco, Puerto Rico; The gray hue of this pigment is derived from a soil belonging to the Inceptisol order, which is the most prevalent soil order in Puerto Rico. The Cuchillas soils are formed from volcanic rock as their parent material and possess a loamy-silty texture. Interestingly, some layers of this soil have a soft and powdery feel, akin to touching baby talcum powder.
Color No. 7 Purple 1 - Los Guineos soil series (#Ox179) From Carite, Puerto Rico (see info No.12)
Color No. 8 - Blue - Blend indigo plant, 3D Clays and Cuchillas soil series
The blue color of this palette is the result of an alchemical process, mimicking ancient Mayan techniques in which the botanical pigment from the Indigofera sp. plant is bound to three-dimensional clays.
Color No. 9 - Coral - Los Guineos soil series (#Ox184c) From Carite, Puerto Rico (see info No.12)
Color No. 10 - Pink - Los Guineos soil series (#Ox742) From Carite, Puerto Rico (see info No.12)
Color No. 11 - Green - Parental Material (#MP7740) From San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
The soft rock known as saprolite, from which this color is obtained, is harvested submerged under water, creating oxygen-free conditions that promote this color in the presence of certain minerals.
Color No. 12 - Red purple - Los Guineos (#Ox184) From Carite, Puerto Rico
Four pigments (Color No. 7,9,10 and 12) in the collection are derived from the Los Guineos soil series, Oxisol order. These soils are deep and formed from sandstone rock as the parent material. The harvested colors are the result of highly eroded profiles that have exposed the saprolite, which is weathered soft material. The diversity of tones is a product of reactions in the soil involving ferric minerals and manganese oxides
Happy Valley Collection
Color No. 13 - College Blue (#Alfs26in) From State College, PA; This blue comes from the alchemy of botanical pigments from the indigo plant fixed in a matrix of 3D clays. The magic comes from having an undertone of brown (burnt umber) from the Opequon soil series.
Color No. 14 - Light Gray - Andover soil series (#Ults45) From State College, PA; The light brownish-gray hue is attributed to the Andover soil series, which possesses its distinct personality characterized by a coarse texture, clay films, and iron accumulation.
Color No. 15 - Orange sienna - Hagerstown soil series (#Alfs220) State College, PA; The sienna shade in this collection originates from the Hagerstown series, which comprises of deep, adequately drained soils created from the residual deposits of dense, gray limestone. The color is derived from a horizon abundant in iron oxides and iron manganese stains.
Color No. 16 - Red purplish - Calvin soil series (#Epts322) Port Matilda, PA; The deep reddish-brown hue is sourced from the Calvin soil series, which consists of soils developed from the residual deposits of red, non-calcareous shale, siltstone, and sandstone. These soils are widespread, so take a drive around Happy Valley and admire the reddish soils that adorn the landscape.
Color No. 17 - Yellow - Hublersburg soil series (#Ults322) State College, PA; The yellowish brown shade resembles the dawn on a foggy morning. This delightful color is derived from the Hublersburg soil series, specifically gathered from a silty clay loam horizon. This unique gem can be discovered in Central and South Central Pennsylvania.
Color No. 18 - Light brown-greenish - Opequon soil series (#Alfs26) State College, PA; The brown shade is sourced from the Opequon soil series, a shallow soil rich in limestone. The brown hue reflects the raw color of the upper horizons of this soil.
Color No. 19 - Teal Blue made with indigo (botanical pigment), burn umber from State College, PA, Charcoal and chalk from Guanica, Puerto Rico
Color No. 20 - Greenery made with coto soil series (#Ox112) from Isabela, Puerto Rico; paint No. 8 (#Epts14) and chalk from Guanica, Puerto Rico.
Color No. 21 - Yellow Orange made with Coto soil series (#ox112), Guanajibo soil series, Rosario soil series, and chalk from Guanica, Puerto Rico
Color No. 22 - Orange red made with Guanajibo soil series and Rosario soil series, chalk from Guanica, Puerto Rico
Color No. 24 - Red (#Ox102bixa), - Granular paint - born from the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry. Enriched with iron oxides of the hematite variety from the Rosario soil series, a hint of ink derived from the Bixa orellana plant (achiote) and silver mica powder (synthetic), sparkling our path to freedom.
Color No. 25 - Yellow (#Ox112cur), a chromatic tribute to the essence of optimism and the eternal sunshine that graces the African continent. This yellow is derived from the Coto soil series, infused with Curcuma.
Color No. 26 - Green (#Ox112ind), a chromatic symphony that celebrates the abundant natural wealth that flourishes upon African continent. This green emerges an interplay between nature's pigments: yellow of the Coto soil series and a touch of blue, extracted from the indigo plant.
Color No. 27 - Brownish (#earthchar), - Granular paint - symbolizes all Black people and their unique heritages and cultures. This color is crafted from the fusion of dark soil, the essence of charcoal, a symbol of transformation and rebirth, and shimmers of black mica.
Mushroom lake pigments
Color No. 23 - the pink color obtained in the lake pigment from lobster mushroom (not harvested by us). This color does not have good lightfastness as paints derived from mineral pigments or botanical pigments fixed in clays.