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Make your own Eco Gift Wrap!

Make your own Eco Gift Wrap!

Dec 18th 2012

Make your own Eco Gift Wrap!Instead of buying China-made, petroleum-based wrapping paper this year, make your own and add twice the value to your gift!Here's some ideas! Go to a thrift store: you'll find great vintage fabrics, cool wallpaper, sweaters to cut up; scarves make great bows Recycle an old mapUse old brown grocery bags and decorate with water soluble Earth PaintsWrap in newspaper & decorate with Earth Paints or recycled ribb...
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Perfect Gifts for Artists, Children & Crafters

Perfect Gifts for Artists, Children & Crafters

Dec 6th 2012

Earth Paint Kits are the perfect holiday gift for artists (hobby through professional), children of all ages and crafters/ scrapbookers.We're offering a Site Wide 15% Discount for the next 2 weeks if you use the code: 15offWe've been getting alot of orders lately for the Children's Earth Paint Kit to be used by adults in their scrap-booking and crafting projects. We've seen beautiful creations with painting wood dolls, fabric, decorative...
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Historically, why did most people stop using natural Earth Paints?

Historically, why did most people stop using natural Earth Paints?

Dec 2nd 2012

In 1859, Edwin Drake drilled the first oil producing well in Pennsylvania, and the world was changed forever. In addition to being used for fuel, oil was scientifically studied, and the many chemicals composing petroleum were gradually isolated. New substances that didn’t previously exist in nature were made, like plastics and “modern” paints. A 100,000 year old tradition for making natural earth paints began to slip away.Produce...
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How to Make Nature Masks

How to Make Nature Masks

Oct 6th 2012

In my most recent Toddler Nature Art Class we had a great time making Nature Masks in preparation for Halloween! You can incorporate any nature items that you find where you live but we used seeds, chicken feathers, flower buds and petals, sparkly mica chips and Earth Paints.Materials: thick paper, nature items that are easily glue-able ( seeds, pressed leaves, feathers, etc.), glue, Earth PaintsStep 1: Collect nature items i...
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Earth Painting article in The Mother Magazine

Earth Painting article in The Mother Magazine

Sep 23rd 2012

One of my (and my husband's) favorite magazines is The Mother Magazine which (dare I say it) is even better than Mothering Magazine for natural and alternative parenting info! This month's (Sept./ October 2012) issue features an article written by Leah Mebane (creator of Earth Paints LLC, dba Natural Earth Paint) about her inspiration for creating Earth Paints, the ancient history of Earth Paints and the truth about what is in conventi...
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Fall Equinox Nature Art Projects

Fall Equinox Nature Art Projects

Sep 9th 2012

Can you believe it's already the Fall Equinox (Sept. 22nd)! This is commonly a time to focus on finding balance since the days and nights are now equal in length. It's also a time of harvest and gathering together items from nature to create yummy food or art. Making a nature mobile from Fall nature objects is the perfect craft as you have to use your skills of finding balance to make it work! And creating a natural leaf print banner...
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Endless Summer Nature Crafts

Endless Summer Nature Crafts

Sep 8th 2012

As Summer is coming to an end we can keep our fun Summer memories alive with these all natural craft projects using found objects from nature and our biodegradable Earth Paints!Painted Shell CollageMaterials: shells, Earth Paints, stiff paper board or scrap plywood, glueThis is a perfect way to use collections of shells that you collected at the beach this year and not just keep them in a bag all Winter.Paint them with Earth Paint...
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It's Blackberry Season, let's make some natural ink!

It's Blackberry Season, let's make some natural ink!

Aug 26th 2012

My family has been picking blackberries for a few weeks now and I've been watching them naturally stain my 2 year olds clothes and face. Why not use these abundant and free berries to create some beautiful and natural inks for writing and drawing! Note: Raspberries or wild grapes will work as well.Blackberry Ink and Feather QuillMaterials: berries or grapes, vinegar, sieve, salt, feather, little jar Take a berry picking trip and collect...
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Beautiful Words of Earth Artist, Ran Ortner

Beautiful Words of Earth Artist, Ran Ortner

Aug 3rd 2012

If you haven't heard of Ran Ortner yet, he's a pretty amazing artist (and surfer) who paints massive images of ocean water with natural earth oil paints. His paintings depict nothing but water and they are haunting and moving to say the least. He's also incredibly articulate and wise and I was blown away by an interview with him in the "Sun Magazine" last month. Here's a wonderful quote about art that really resonated with...
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Earth Paints has been certified GOLD by Green America!

Earth Paints has been certified GOLD by Green America!

Jul 8th 2012

After extensive questioning about every tiny aspect of our business, forms and more forms, Natural Earth Paint has just been awarded as a GOLD certified Green America approved business. This is the highest possible ranking of a green business! Yay! Now you can feel even more assured when buying our products such as the Oil Paint Artist Kit or children's Earth Paint kit....
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Finding Balance in Family and Business

Finding Balance in Family and Business

Jun 3rd 2012

I've just been interviewed by the great blog, "Creative with Kids" and some of the questions they asked were.....How do you balance family & business? What inspired you to start this business? How do you balance your creative side with all the linear, fine-detail stuff that comes with running a business? Do you have any tips for parents to make it easier to allow their kids to paint (for parents with little time and energy? What's one thing any...
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Make Your Own Natural Paint Brushes with Plants

Make Your Own Natural Paint Brushes with Plants

May 13th 2012

Our recent Nature Art Class had a lot of fun making natural paint brushes out of yucca plant stalks and horse tails and painting with Earth Paints. The Southwest Native Americans had yucca plants all around them (but they grow in many other places - like my backyard in Oregon) and used them for painting pottery and fabric. Other plants to try are mullein, iris and cattail stems.How to Make Native American Paint Brushes:Yucca Plant...
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