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Autumn Play Dough with Natural Earth Paint

Autumn Play Dough with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Wild Earth Babe on Oct 10th 2021

Our friends at Wild Earth Babe created a lovely scented play dough recipe with our Natural Earth Paint, perfect for the oncoming autumn months!"This is such a quick and simple recipe to make and in no time you will have your own (large) batch of handmade playdough, using a few ingredients you can swap around to create different scents. This recipe has a beautiful orange and cinnamon scent, coloured with Natural Earth Paint, perfect...
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Natural Binders for Natural Pigments: Top 9 Mediums for Eco-Friendly Painting

Natural Binders for Natural Pigments: Top 9 Mediums for Eco-Friendly Painting

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Sep 28th 2021

So you've got your hands on some Earth & Mineral Pigments, or maybe even foraged your own. Congratulations! But how do you know which binder to use with them?There's a variety of natural binders and mediums out there, and so the real answer is, there is no single right answer––it all depends on context. We've outlined the details of our favorites below (in no particular order), so you can make the right choice for you!Gum ArabicOur Gum...
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What are Earth Pigments? A Guide to Ochres, Oxides, and Minerals

What are Earth Pigments? A Guide to Ochres, Oxides, and Minerals

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lilliana Hoffman on Sep 9th 2021

Earth pigments have been used around the world from the earliest cultures of India, Africa and Australia all the way up to the present day. The oldest human artworks we’ve discovered were made with earth pigments 250,000 years ago and the same materials have been used by every culture and on every continent since then. A recent discovery of an earth pigment paint making factory in a South African cave was dated at 100,000 years old.Call...
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The Healing Power of Nature-Based Art Making

The Healing Power of Nature-Based Art Making

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lilliana Hoffman on Aug 29th 2021

Many artists will tell you that making and sharing art are good for your health, but these claims are also substantially backed by science. Art is proven to help us: relieve stress, develop critical thinking skills, improve our memory, and explore our identities (1). These benefits can be heightened when natural materials are incorporated into your practice (4). Earth-based materials are grounding for artists and their audiences and help individ...
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Growing from Novice to Knowledgable with Katie Turnbull

Growing from Novice to Knowledgable with Katie Turnbull

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Katie Turnbull on Aug 29th 2021

Thanks so much, Katie, for taking the time to speak with us about your sustainable painting journey!Could you please tell us a little bit about your personal history that led you to painting? How did you first learn to oil paint? I have been painting since I was a child. In fact, my aunt and uncle still have a painting from when I was eight years old hanging in their house, which warms my heart and fills me with embarrassment simultaneously. For...
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Giving Spotlight: PSARTS

Giving Spotlight: PSARTS

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Aug 27th 2021

In an effort to spread the word about the incredible organizations we give back to and the work they're accomplishing, we're continuing our Giving Spotlight blog series. This month's spotlight is on the extraordinary PSARTS."Our StoryP.S. ARTS was created in response to significant education budget cuts in the 1970s and 1980s, which cut local tax revenues for public schools and resulted in the systematic reduction and elimination of arts pro...
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Are "Non-Toxic" Art Supplies Truly Toxin-Free? Leah's Story

Are "Non-Toxic" Art Supplies Truly Toxin-Free? Leah's Story

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Leah Fanning on Aug 22nd 2021

Our two-part blog series, Toxin-Free Tuesday, covers the parallel stories of our social platform manager Kate and our founder Leah, whose disappointing experiences with conventional paint companies inspired their work with Natural Earth Paint. Wrapping up this short series, we hear from Leah!Leah's Story"As a new mom of a toddler and a health-conscious artist, I went to a local toy store to buy my son his first art supplies. Every kit said “non-t...
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Natural Earth Paint reviewed by Voiz!

Natural Earth Paint reviewed by Voiz!

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Aug 17th 2021

The Complete Eco-friendly Oil Paint Kit was reviewed by Voiz!"Oil paint is most commonly sold in small non-recyclable tubes and is made up of extremely toxic materials. Oil painting normally has to be facilitated either outside or in very well-ventilated rooms due to the toxins it emits. I am a painter myself and know first hand the effects of working with paints and turpentine for extended periods of time. Artists can easily get headaches o...
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Are "Non-Toxic" Art Supplies Truly Toxin-Free? Kate's Story

Are "Non-Toxic" Art Supplies Truly Toxin-Free? Kate's Story

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kate Gregory on Aug 15th 2021

Our two-part blog series, Toxin-Free Tuesday, covers the parallel stories of our social platform manager Kate and our founder Leah, whose disappointing experiences with conventional paint companies inspired their work with Natural Earth Paint. This week, we hear from Kate!Kate's Story"When I became a part of the Natural Earth Paint family, I didn't consider myself the sort of artist who needed to be careful about the art...
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Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: Colonial Williamsburg

Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: Colonial Williamsburg

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Aug 11th 2021

Through this year's Pigments Revealed Symposium, we had the wonderful opportunity to connect with earth artists around the world. Kristen Moffitt, Materials Analyst at Colonial Williamsburg, is an art conservator who studies the paints and pigments used for architectural coatings at Williamsburg.During her talk at the symposium, she shared her research on the natural ingredients used in Colonial Williamsburg. We're sharing some of her f...
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Painting for Wellness with Lindsey Wells

Painting for Wellness with Lindsey Wells

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lindsey Wells on Jul 28th 2021

Thanks so much, Lindsey, for taking the time to give us a glimpse into the world of your beautiful botanical art!Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist and nature-lover? How did you first fall in love with painting the natural world?Yes of course! Thank you for having me. I am a painter more than anything, with my preferred medium being natural watercolor. I love how watercolor is fluid and seems to have a mind of...
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Is Natural More Affordable? Saving Money with Natural Pigments & Mediums

Is Natural More Affordable? Saving Money with Natural Pigments & Mediums

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kate Gregory on Jul 20th 2021

One common misconception about natural fine arts supplies is that they cost more than toxic conventional paints. Fortunately for artists making an effort to clean up their creative practice, that's only a myth! If you're looking for quality, investing in Natural Earth Paint actually saves you money compared to using the conventional paints on the market today that have a comparable quality. Not convinced? Let's get technical:...
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Natural Earth Paint Featured on Future Materials Bank!

Natural Earth Paint Featured on Future Materials Bank!

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jul 20th 2021

Our Earth & Mineral Pigments were featured in the Future Materials Bank!Future Materials Bank is a project initiated by the Nature Research department at the Jan van Eyck Academie, in collaboration with the MA Materials Futures at Central St. Martins in London that proposes non-toxic, biodegradable or otherwise sustainable alternative materials. Read the full article here.Interested in what others have to say about Natural...
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Adventuring into Natural Art with Cherith Cochran

Adventuring into Natural Art with Cherith Cochran

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Cherith Cochran on Jul 19th 2021

Thank you so much, Cherith, for taking the time to speak with us about your eco-friendly, health- conscious painting journey. Let’s get started, shall we?Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist? How did you first get into painting? Of course! I’m a Montana artist who is passionate about nature. I paint primarily local plants and mountains. Drawing and painting have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Wher...
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Recipe: Natural Gouache Paint

Recipe: Natural Gouache Paint

Posted by Darrin Johnson on Jul 19th 2021

Gouache is a beautiful, water-based artist paint, similar to acrylic or an opaque watercolor.Ingredients:  Earth & Mineral PigmentsGum Arabic PowderLimestone Powder (Impasto Medium)Honey (for a vegan version, use glycerin!)Optional Ingredients: Clove or Thyme Essential Oil (mild preservative)1. Mix the “Watercolor Base” Mix 1 cup hot water with ½ cup Gum Arabic PowderAdd in 1/5 cup honey or glycerin (a little less than ¼ cup)...
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Giving Spotlight: Buffalo Field Campaign

Giving Spotlight: Buffalo Field Campaign

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jul 19th 2021

In an effort to spread the word about the incredible organizations we've given back to and the work they are accomplishing, we're continuing our Giving Spotlight blog series. This month's spotlight is on the wonderful Buffalo Field Campaign."Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo.Formalized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit i...
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Giving Spotlight: Green America

Giving Spotlight: Green America

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jun 23rd 2021

In an effort to spread the word about the incredible organizations we give back to and the work they're accomplishing, we're continuing our Giving Spotlight blog series. This month's spotlight is on Green America."Our MissionGreen America harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.Our VisionWe work for a world where all peopl...
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Recipe: Eco-Friendly & Permanent Fabric Paint

Recipe: Eco-Friendly & Permanent Fabric Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarsborough on Jun 23rd 2021

It's the tutorial you've all been waiting for! Join us for our simple, easy, non-toxic fabric painting tutorial and enjoy a safer way to decorate all kinds of textiles with our Natural Acrylic Medium and our Earth & Mineral Pigments!Supplies: Earth & Mineral PigmentNatural Acrylic MediumAluminum Tubes or an airtight container for storagePalette KnifeFabric (natural fabrics such as cotton, rayon or linen work best)Step 1: Scoop you...
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Sparking Visual Interest with Shirley Huang

Sparking Visual Interest with Shirley Huang

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Shirley Huang on Jun 19th 2021

Thank you so much, Shirley, for taking the time to speak with us about your stunning illustration work!We'd love to start out by asking, how did you first learn to paint? I started early with small group art lessons. Students of various experience levels would work out of the teacher’s converted garage studio, and the teacher would rotate between students, creating the opportunity for everyone to learn from each other’s progress and setbacks. I f...
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Bright & Colorful Summer Sidewalk Paint with Natural, Non-Toxic Earth Pigments

Bright & Colorful Summer Sidewalk Paint with Natural, Non-Toxic Earth Pigments

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarborough on Jun 16th 2021

Supplies: Earth & Mineral PigmentsCorn starchWaterStep 1: Earth & Mineral PigmentScoop one tablespoon of Earth & Mineral Pigment into a small container.Step 2: Corn Starch & WaterAdd one tablespoon of cornstarch to container with the pigment. Then add six tablespoons of water to your mixture and stir well.Step 3: Paint away!Find a nice spot outside to paint. We used the children’s Natural Paint Brushes to paint with, bu...
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Turning Passions into Paintings with Kristi Rauckis

Turning Passions into Paintings with Kristi Rauckis

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kristi Rauckis on May 27th 2021

Thanks so much, Kristi, for taking the time to speak with us about your equestrian art!Could you please tell us a little bit about your personal history that led you to your love for painting horses? How did you first fall in love with painting as a medium and horses as a subject?I am a third generation equestrian and I couldn’t wait to turn 7 years old. That was the age that I was finally able to start riding horses. Growing up riding with my mo...
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Natural Pottery with Earth & Mineral Pigments

Natural Pottery with Earth & Mineral Pigments

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lilliana Hoffman on May 26th 2021

We've created a few easy-to-follow tutorials for our pottery lovers, both amateur and professional! Enjoy the vibrance of Natural Earth Paint's Earth & Mineral Pigments in your clay body with our "Colored Clay Crosshatch Bowl" tutorial or in your "Decorative Colored Slip"!Colored Clay Crosshatch BowlSupplies:Low-fire clayEarth & Mineral PigmentsStep 1: Make 3 quarter-pound balls of low fire clay.Step 2: "Wedge" one teaspoon of&nbsp...
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How to Make Your Own Earth Pastels with Anna Ellen

How to Make Your Own Earth Pastels with Anna Ellen

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Anna Ellen on May 19th 2021

"I discovered Natural Earth Paints about a year ago and I couldn’t wait to try making my own paints and art materials with these amazing pigments. I am a watercolor and gouache artist and I wanted to add natural paints to my palette. I started by making watercolors and drying them in pans. But more recently, I started creating water-soluble pastels. They’re so easy to draw with and I love to wet them and use them as paint.I us...
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Number Rock Puzzles with The Barefoot Babies

Number Rock Puzzles with The Barefoot Babies

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & The Barefoot Babies on May 9th 2021

Check out this wonderful math-craft tutorial for little learners using our Natural Earth Paint Kit, shared with us by The Barefoot Babies on Instagram!"I'll bet that growing up, you loved doing puzzles but hated doing math homework. But what if I told you that you could help your kids learn math simply by playing with puzzles?E loves doing puzzles! So I thought it would be cool to make him a set of animal puzzles using rocks. But of cou...
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PleinAirpril Showcase: Earth Artists and Their Artworks

PleinAirpril Showcase: Earth Artists and Their Artworks

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 5th 2021

In celebration of Earth Day, #PleinAirpril Nucleus is hosting an open submission art showcase sponsored by Warrior Painters and Natural Earth Paint, open until May 9th, 2021.Artists broke out their brushes and captured the beauty of the world around them in their stunning submissions. We're featuring them on our blog today; hats off to you, Earth Artists!Tara Zalewsky(2021) - Natural Earth Paint on canvas with&n...
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Eco-Friendly Decorative Picture Frames for Mother's Day

Eco-Friendly Decorative Picture Frames for Mother's Day

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarborough on May 3rd 2021

Supplies:Wooden Picture FrameNatural Earth Paint Kit or Natural Acrylic Medium and Earth & Mineral PigmentsRocksNatural Varnish (optional)GlueStep 1: Choose Your PaintChoose which type of paint you’d like to use. For this tutorial, we're using our Natural Earth Paint Kit, but our Natural Acrylic Paint Recipe also works great as a more permanent option.Step 2: Mix Your PaintIf you're using the Natural Earth Paint Kit, add...
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Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Paper for Earth Day

Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Paper for Earth Day

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarborough on Apr 20th 2021

Supplies:Paper or NewspaperBlenderMould & Deckle*Large BinEarth & Mineral PigmentFelt or Couch SheetsWooden Boards*If you do not have a mould and deckle you can either buy one or make one. They are easy to make with some wood and screen or you can use two of the same sized picture frames to create the frame for them.Step 1: Tear or Shred the PaperStart by tearing or shredding your paper. If the paper is in smaller pieces it will be easier for the...
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Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints with Tasha Cathey

Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints with Tasha Cathey

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Tasha Cathey on Apr 15th 2021

Tasha Cathey, one of our lovely affiliates, shared with us her simple yet stunning natural oil paint tutorial featuring our versatile Earth & Mineral Pigments and Refined Walnut Oil; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!Step 1: Gather supplies. Walnut or Linseed OilEarth & Mineral PigmentsGlass PalettePalette KnifeGlass MullerThe dropper is optional, it just makes it easier to apply the oil. A glass palette is also...
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Eco-Friendly Animation with The Sisters Bloom

Eco-Friendly Animation with The Sisters Bloom

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & The Sisters Bloom on Apr 4th 2021

The Sisters Bloom animation studio created their first eco-friendly animation last year, featuring our watercolor recipe! They graciously shared their process with us; check it out!“We are so excited to share our first eco-friendly animation, created for Mt. Meru Medicines, a turmeric supplement company going back to their roots and producing pure, small-batch products for immunity and overall health. This turmeric is so high-quali...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Drawing Ink

Recipe: Natural Earth Drawing Ink

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarborough on Apr 4th 2021

Supplies:Earth & Mineral PigmentGum Arabic PowderWaterStep 1: Mix the Dry IngredientsIn a bowl, add pigment and gum arabic, 4:1. For example, add 4 TBSP of pigment with 1 TBSP of Gum Arabic and stir the two together.Step 2: Making a LiquidAdd 2 TBSP of water to the mixture and stir it together until it is smooth and well blended. Some pigments require more or less water, so add more water if necessary. We are using the Natural...
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Baking Soda & Vinegar Painting with The Barefoot Babies

Baking Soda & Vinegar Painting with The Barefoot Babies

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & The Barefoot Babies on Apr 1st 2021

Carolyn from The Barefoot Babies on Instagram recently shared with us her latest craft activity featuring our Natural Earth Paint Kit! Check out this awesome art-meets-science activity tutorial for little ones."Aside from the fact that it’s 100% non-toxic and derived from natural ingredients, the things that I love most about Natural Earth Paint is that it comes as a powder. There are just so many opportunities to think outside the...
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Changing the World One Color at a Time with Leah Fanning

Changing the World One Color at a Time with Leah Fanning

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Leah Fanning on Mar 25th 2021

When an artist assumes the mantle of creating a new product that before her did not exist in the world, cool things can happen. Leah Fanning, an Oregon-based artist, decided she was tired of exposing herself to the toxins present in oil-based and acrylic paint. So, she embarked on a journey of discovery, unearthing how the old masters created their color palettes by using natural ingredients available to them in their region. Leah has c...
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Giving Spotlight: One Tree Planted

Giving Spotlight: One Tree Planted

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 25th 2021

In an effort to spread the word about the incredible organizations we give back to and the work they're accomplishing, we're introducing our Giving Spotlight blog series. This month's spotlight is on the incredible One Tree Planted; enjoy!"ONE TREE PLANTED IS A 501C3 NON-PROFIT WITH A FOCUS ON GLOBAL REFORESTATION.As an environmental charity, we are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environ...
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Botanical Print Easter Eggs with Natural Egg Dye

Botanical Print Easter Eggs with Natural Egg Dye

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarsborough on Mar 15th 2021

Supplies Eggs, Hard-BoiledHosieryTwineNon-Toxic PlantsNatural Egg Dye KitStep 1: Boil Eggs & Gather LeavesHard boil your eggs and let them cool . When collecting plants, consider small, delicate flowers, leaves and edible herbs (cilantro and rosemary are great) from your garden or your local supermarket.Step 2: Prepare Your EggsLay your flowers or herbs over your egg and wrap the egg in the hosiery. Make sure your plants are laying as flat...
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Fairy & Leprechaun Houses with Natural Earth Paint

Fairy & Leprechaun Houses with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarsborough on Mar 10th 2021

Supplies:Natural Earth Paint Kit or Individual Natural Earth Paint PacketsSticks, Bark, Rocks*Optional:RocksNatural Acrylic MediumEarth & Mineral Pigment in Gold MicaStep 1: Mixing Your PaintMix your Natural Earth Paint. The Natural Earth Paint Kit will have the necessary materials to do this. Scoop a few spoonfuls of the pigment into a mixing cup. Add the same amount of water to the powder and stir. Note: If you wou...
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Foraging for Meaning with Tanya Val

Foraging for Meaning with Tanya Val

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Tanya Val on Feb 21st 2021

Hi Tanya! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us- we’re big fans of your creative process, and we can’t wait to hear more about it. First, could you please tell us a little bit about your personal story? How did you first become interested in natural pigments and inks?In my mind, I was always seeking some sort of creative balance and a deeper connection to nature through abstract painting that felt more meaningful and impactful. Disco...
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Coffee Filter Snowflakes with Natural Earth Paint

Coffee Filter Snowflakes with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Sarah Scarsborough on Feb 12th 2021

Celebrate the snowy winter season with coffee filter snowflakes, decorated with Natural Earth Paint!SuppliesCoffee filtersScissorsNatural Earth PaintCreating SnowflakesStep 1: Fold your coffee filter in half. Continue to fold it into a triangle form.Step 2: Cut your snowflake. Geometric shapes work best for cutting out a snowflake. I like to do half circles and triangles.Step 3: Unfold your coffee filter to see what magical snowfla...
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Recipe: Natural Wood Stains

Recipe: Natural Wood Stains

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lilli Hoffman on Feb 11th 2021

There are several techniques to make natural wood stains. Staining with Eco-SolveMaterials: Eco-Solve, Natural Earth Pigment, Large soft brush Mix pigment with Eco-Solve at about a 1:4 parts ratio. Add additional pigment for a more opaque stain, or additional Eco-Solve for a more transparent stain. Brush the stain onto the wood in the direction of the grain.Let dry.Optional: Recommended finish with Natural Varnish. Staining w...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Pastels

Recipe: Natural Earth Pastels

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Making your own pastels allows you to create them as soft or as hard as you like. Commercial pastels have to be made hard enough to withstand breakage during shipment. As long as you're not shipping these, you can make soft pastels that are more yielding and do not dig into the under-layers of the paper as much as harder pastels do. The paint quality will be richer, and the colors more intense.Ingredients:Earth & Mineral PigmentsWaterBinder...
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Recipe: Natural Clay House Paint

Recipe: Natural Clay House Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Every room in my home is painted with this natural clay paint that's easy to make, economical, and gives my home a beautiful, soft, adobe-like look. I get compliments from all my guests!Ingredients:  FlourBoraxEarth & Mineral PigmentsFine Sand (optional)Materials:  Drill with paint mixer attachmentBucketStep 1: Make flour paste: Mix 2 cups of cold water with 1 cup of flour, then add that mixture to 6 cups of boiling water. Stir u...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Modeling Clay

Recipe: Natural Earth Modeling Clay

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

My 4 year old son loves home-made play dough, but as a busy mom, I never find myself with time to make new batches for him. So, when someone gave him a set of modeling clay that permanently stays moist, malleable, and infinitely re-usable, I was very excited! However, I quickly noticed that the store-bought clay had a toxic smell, sticking to and sometimes dying my little one's hands. I did a little research and found that most com...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Mural Paint

Recipe: Natural Earth Mural Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

There are several natural paint options for indoor murals. The Natural Earth Paint Kit contains wonderful pigments for indoor mural paint, especially if children want to be involved in the process. Another very durable option is Natural Acrylic Paint created with our Natural Acrylic Medium. The recipe below uses our Earth & Mineral Pigments and works great on drywall and natural building surfaces (cob walls, strawbale wal...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Paints

Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Paints

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Making your own natural oil paint is not only super quick, easy and economical but it also makes the most archival, vibrant and pure paint on the planet. Unlike tubed conventional oil paints, these paints don't have fillers (bulking agent), toxic preservatives, heavy metal or petroleum-based pigments, solvents or chemical additives. These paints will last for thousands of years and be 100% lightfast, humidity resistant and won't off-gas into...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Printmaking Ink

Recipe: Natural Earth Printmaking Ink

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

This recipe is based on the very ancient and little-known Japanese process called the Moku Hanga technique of making your own inks. This ancient technique has always used all non-toxic ingredients. The ink is for wood block prints but can also be used for linoleum cuts and mono prints.Ingredients: Earth & Mineral PigmentsAlcohol (preferably gin- makes ink more archival and durable)Nori (Rice Paste)Optional Ingredients: Magnesium CarbonateTo...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Sand Painting

Recipe: Natural Earth Sand Painting

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

The ancient art of sand painting among Native American tribes in the Southwest was a form of religious expression. In its original form, sand paintings were created to exist only a few hours. Toward the end of the 20th century, many Native Americans began creating more permanent sand paintings by using glue under the colored sand.Ingredients: Fine craft sandEarth & Mineral PigmentsPrep Time: 3 min. per colorProcess: Place 1 cup of sand...
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Recipe: Natural Casein Earth Paint

Recipe: Natural Casein Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Derived from milk, casein paint dates all the way back to Asian cave paintings. It is durable, fast-drying, and water-soluble and was widely used in ancient Egypt as tempera paint and by commercial illustrators and muralists in the twentieth century. Many oil painters also use it as an underpainting. Ingredients: Casein powderBoraxEarth & Mineral PigmentsProcess: Mix 2 Tbsp. casein powder with 5 oz. water (distilled water...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Pastels

Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Pastels

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Ingredients for 2 ½ pastels:6 tablespoons white beeswax (for a vegan version, you can use soy wax and carnauba wax)2 tablespoons oil (linseed or jojoba or walnut)2 tablespoons Earth & Mineral PigmentsProcess: Create a double boiler using a tin can. Bend a pouring spout on the can with a pair of pliers. Simmer the beeswax and oil in the can over medium heat until the beeswax is melted. Remove from the heat.Stir in the pigment,...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Encaustics

Recipe: Natural Earth Encaustics

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Elise Wagner on Feb 11th 2021

“Encaustic”, meaning "to burn in", is an ancient medium using molten beeswax combined with dry pigments and natural resin. There are still Greek encaustic portraits dating as far back as 23 B.C. The resilience and color has remained intact, uncracked and unfaded over centuries due to wax's imperviousness to moisture.Ingredients: 1 lb. of white refined natural beeswax1-2 oz. of ground dammar resinEarth & Mineral Pigments1. Com...
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Recipe: Natural Cold Porcelain Clay

Recipe: Natural Cold Porcelain Clay

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Natural Cold Porcelain Clay is a perfect substitute for toxic polymer clay, and it allows for even finer detail and ease of sculpting. It's also incredibly inexpensive and super simple to make. The clay is air-dried so no need for baking, and it dries to a light weight, luminous, stone-like texture. It's perfect for kids and professional artists alike! The DIY cold porcelain recipes that we found online all called for glue or PVA which...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Egg Tempera

Recipe: Natural Earth Egg Tempera

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Feb 11th 2021

Tempera painting predates oil painting as a professional painting medium. It has unique characteristics: it produces a crisp, luminous, almost linear effect that’s quite different from oil. Using egg yolk as the binder, this ancient technique makes a water-soluble paint that dries quickly, allowing for over-painting with more tempera or other mediums. If you have never tried it, we thoroughly recommend the experience!Ingredients: Egg Y...
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