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Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: The Colormen

Natural Earth Paint Through the Ages: The Colormen

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Sep 4th 2017

Before the world had ready-made paints and art supplies stores, we had Colormen! These professionals were the “traders” of the paint world starting in the late 17th century and sold artists prepared pigments, pre-mixed oil paints, watercolors, dyes, made brushes, prepped canvases, gums, resins, and more. Before Colormen, the painter would buy course, raw pigments from apothecaries’ shops (or source them directly from quarries) a...
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Natural Earth Paint Through The Ages: Ancient Egypt

Natural Earth Paint Through The Ages: Ancient Egypt

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Ann Hansen & Leah Fanning on Jul 25th 2017

The influence that Egypt has had on countless cultures is profound. Can you believe that the ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for more than 3000 years? They were not only astounding innovators, but they discovered and advanced most of the arts and sciences that we have the privilege of knowing today. Art was incredibly important throughout their culture, and to this day we can still marvel at the preserved tombs, statuary, sc...
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DIY Decorative Banners with the Earth Flags Craft Kit

DIY Decorative Banners with the Earth Flags Craft Kit

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lucia Corona on Jun 1st 2017

With spring coming to an end, now is the perfect time to take down old décor and create new decorations for your home! These banners are perfect for seasonal décor; they can also be used as decorations for celebrations like baby showers, wedding showers, graduations, and birthday parties. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create decorative banners for any occasion!Supplies: Earth Flags Craft Kit Step 1: Empty the paint conte...
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Natural Earth Paint through the Ages: The Prehistoric Era

Natural Earth Paint through the Ages: The Prehistoric Era

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Taylor Ann Hansen & Leah Fanning on May 31st 2017

Natural Earth pigments were the earliest recorded materials used by our ancient ancestors to make paint and various mediums. We can see artistic practices dating as far back as 500,000 years ago by Homo Erectus, our ancient ancestors.The oldest cave painting known today is from El Castillo, in Northern Spain and stands as a symbol of our human evolution and the beginning of the natural art movement. Most people don’t realize the scal...
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DIY Adoration Stones with Natural Earth Paint

DIY Adoration Stones with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Taylor Ann Hansen on May 2nd 2017

Are you looking for a simple, beautiful, and creative DIY gift for mom?Adoration Stones are a sweet craft that any mom will treasure and anyone can create. They would be a beautiful addition to any home or garden, too!Supplies:Natural Earth Paint KitMedium-sized flat stonesStep 1: Take a nature walk and find some medium-sized flat stones offered by Mother Nature. You can find these types of stones in your backyard, on a nature trail, or...
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Natural, Non-Toxic Finger Paint Cards for Mother's Day

Natural, Non-Toxic Finger Paint Cards for Mother's Day

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lucia Corona on May 2nd 2017

When it comes to simple gifts that you can make for Mother's Day, painting a card or creating a picture come to mind first for us. Finger painting is a great way to let your kiddos express themselves and create personalized art. However, conventional children's paints contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your child's health. Make sure to choose paints like Natural Earth Paint that are safe for your kids in case&n...
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5 Things To Change for a Greener Studio

5 Things To Change for a Greener Studio

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Taylor Ann Hansen on Apr 14th 2017

Earth Day arrives every year on April 22nd, inspiring mindfulness and gratitude for our Earth. There are many simple ways that you can celebrate Earth Day in your own home, work space, or art studio.Here's our list of the top 5 things you can change in your art studio for Earth Day to get you started!1. Reduce, Reuse, and RecycleThese three actions are crucial to protecting Mother Earth, since waste has an insidious effect on our natural en...
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Recycled Earth Art Flower Pots with Natural Earth Paint

Recycled Earth Art Flower Pots with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Apr 12th 2017

Dig out your old, unsightly flower pots and give them some new life with the Natural Earth Paint Kit!Supplies: Natural Earth Paint KitFlower pots, cleaned and dried Paint directly on the cleaned pots with Natural Earth Paint and let dry. My two year old painted several of these with drool flying and intent focus.He almost enjoyed the stacking and unstacking/ arranging flowers process more than the painting.The masterpiece is finally...
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Natural Earth Paint Featured in The Rogue Valley Messenger!

Natural Earth Paint Featured in The Rogue Valley Messenger!

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 24th 2017

Natural Earth Paint was featured in The Rogue Valley Messenger's article Painting with Mother Nature: Natural Earth Paint!Read the full article here. Interested in what others have to say about Natural Earth Paint? Visit our News page!Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more natural inspiration....
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Why Use Natural Egg Dye? Keeping Egg Dying Toxin-Free

Why Use Natural Egg Dye? Keeping Egg Dying Toxin-Free

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 24th 2017

Our Natural Earth Paint customers often ask us, why should I use natural dyes for Easter eggs if I'm not eating the egg shell?1. Conventional dyes can leech toxins into your eggs.When you dye eggs, the dyes seep through the egg shell into the hard boiled egg, and then the egg is eaten! Have you ever seen that little bit of color on the egg when you peel it after dying it? Toxins from conventional egg dyes can be in your eggs even if you can'...
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7 Ways to Use Natural Gold Mica Earth & Mineral Pigment

7 Ways to Use Natural Gold Mica Earth & Mineral Pigment

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Dec 28th 2016

There are countless ways to use our Natural Gold Mica Earth & Mineral Pigment. Here are a few!1. Natural Gold Mica Oil PaintSupplies:Natural Gold Mica Earth & Mineral PigmentRefined Walnut OilPour a small amount of Natural Gold Mica onto a glass palette.Add a few drops of Refined Walnut Oil.Mix with a palette knife until smooth, adding more oil as needed to achieve your desired consistency.Paint away!2. Flash GildingSupplies: Natural Gol...
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DIY Eco-Friendly Stamp Pad & Stamps with Natural Earth Paint

DIY Eco-Friendly Stamp Pad & Stamps with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jul 29th 2016

Little ones love stamps, but conventional stamps and stamp pads are made from harmful plastics and toxic ink ingredients. Create your own stamps and stamp pads at home with Natural Earth Paint!Supplies: Natural Earth Paint KitPaper towelsSmall washable platesAny household items that would make interesting marks (pencil erasers, golf tees, wine corks, toothpaste caps, cut fruit or vegetables, flowers, Q-tips, toilet paper rolls, etc.)Step 1:...
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Finding Love through Earth Art with Pamela Hoke

Finding Love through Earth Art with Pamela Hoke

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Pamela Hoke on Jul 28th 2016

Eco artist, Pamela Hoke, has been on an artistic journey for many years to express nature as love through her writing and art.  She wrote the book “Natural Self Discovery,” and is currently creating a revised edition, which describes her recent move to the Pacific Northwest, her recent challenge with breast cancer, and a shift to Natural Earth Paints as her new medium. Her quest to discover a more earth-friendly and body-friendly...
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From the Weirdo Toolbox with Laura Zepeda

From the Weirdo Toolbox with Laura Zepeda

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Laura Zepeda on Jun 20th 2016

Laura Zepeda is an inspirational earth artist in that she has completely invented her own tools, supplies and techniques using roughly crushed earth and minerals to make “paintings” that literally glow like a gemstone. Here is her description of this interesting process….I have no idea what I’m doing but a thousand ways to do it: I’m equal parts Artist and Mad Scientist. I’m making this up as I go along. I am not only creating ar...
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Life-Saving Natural Art with Roberto Parada

Life-Saving Natural Art with Roberto Parada

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Roberto Parada on Apr 27th 2016

Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004.  I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change...
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Nature Craft & Treasure Hunt for St. Patrick's Day

Nature Craft & Treasure Hunt for St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 14th 2015

Make your own leprechaun gold with with our Natural Gold Mica Earth & Mineral Pigment!This is a great simple activity that helps your little ones be creative and get some time outside. March 17th is St. Patrick's Day, the perfect day to play pretend and hunt for leprechauns. As you know, leprechauns always have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. According to legend, if one is captured by a child, they will gra...
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Natural Face Paint Tutorial: Cool Cat

Natural Face Paint Tutorial: Cool Cat

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kathleen Taylor on Sep 28th 2014

As Halloween approaches, we'll be sharing several step-by-step face painting tutorials that are simple, beautiful, and non-toxic using our Natural Face Paints! The first installment is this precious cool cat!Step 1:Paint two red triangular ears on forehead and three black stripes on cheeks and forehead.Step 2:Outline ears with black.Step 3:Add as many curly loops as you like.Step 4:Paint bottom of nose black.Step 5:Add 3 dots and whis...
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How to Find, Stretch, and Prime Eco-Friendly Canvases

How to Find, Stretch, and Prime Eco-Friendly Canvases

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 22nd 2014

Creating eco-friendly painting surfaces is one way of making your painting practice a little greener. Here's how to stretch and prime canvases with our Certified Organic Raw Cotton Canvas, plus find seven more sustainable surfaces to paint on!Supplies: Certified Organic Cotton Canvas Stretcher bars* Eco Gesso Kit Paint brush Staple gun & staples*For the stretcher bars, you have a few options: Build your own.Hire...
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DIY Natural Wooden Eggs with Natural Earth Paint

DIY Natural Wooden Eggs with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 19th 2014

Painting with the Wooden Eggs Craft Kit for the Easter season has provided my 3 year old son plenty of fun; he gets to paint, arrange, and hunt for his bright Easter creations!Plus, we can re-use them every spring, painting on new designs each Easter. Here's our step-by-step guide!Supplies:Wooden Eggs Craft KitStep 1: Mix the Natural Earth Paint. Step 2: Paint the eggs a solid color and let dry (or, leave some of n...
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Potato Stamp Valentines with Natural Earth Paint

Potato Stamp Valentines with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jan 27th 2014

When it comes to crafts, I always like to go back to basics, keeping creativity simple and natural. That’s why I love making good, old-fashioned potato prints with Natural Earth Paint! This activity can be enjoyed by toddlers, older children, and even adults. Give your loved ones a beautiful, earthy Valentine, and enjoy their smiles!Supplies: Natural Earth Paint KitPotatoes Step 1: Cut a few potatoes in half. Fingerlings are e...
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How to Store Your Mixed Natural Earth Paint Oil Paints

How to Store Your Mixed Natural Earth Paint Oil Paints

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Aug 24th 2013

Mixed up a batch of eco-friendly oil paint and don't know what to do with it? Here are a few options that will help you extend the life of your paints and store them for the short-term and the long-term!Option 1: Aluminum FoilAt the end of a day's painting, scrape any leftover colors into small squares of foil, and fold the foil over so that the paint is airtight. Smudge a little bit of the color onto the outside of the fo...
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Natural Earth Paint Featured in Backyard Science Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts!

Natural Earth Paint Featured in Backyard Science Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts!

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 15th 2013

Our Natural Earth Paint was featured in Green Kid Crafts' Nature Art Box, The Backyard Science Discovery Box!Check out their boxes here.Interested in what others have to say about Natural Earth Paint? Visit our News page!Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more natural inspiration....
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Natural Earth Paint Founder on Art Inspector! Can Eco-Friendly Art Supplies be Archival and Professional Quality?

Natural Earth Paint Founder on Art Inspector! Can Eco-Friendly Art Supplies be Archival and Professional Quality?

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 12th 2013

Natural Earth Paint founder Leah Fanning was featured on Art Inspector in the article Can Eco-Friendly Art Supplies be Archival and Professional Quality?"While studying painting at one of the top art schools in America, I trusted my amazing professors like they were preaching the gospel. I looked up to their expertise so completely that I assumed they would of course tell me if any of these supplies they were recommending might...
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DIY Eco-Friendly Recycled Gift Wrap with Natural Earth Paint

DIY Eco-Friendly Recycled Gift Wrap with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Dec 18th 2012

Instead of purchasing imported wrapping paper with petroleum-based inks, make your own with Natural Earth Paint and add twice the love to handmade gifts!Supplies:Natural Earth Paint KitRecycled paper like old maps, newspaper, packing, printer paper, and moreStep 1: Source your paper.Dive into your recycling bin to find the perfect paper for this craft! Any paper will do, as long as it's thin and flexible enough to wrap around...
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Historically, Why Did Artists Stop Using Natural Paints?

Historically, Why Did Artists Stop Using Natural Paints?

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on 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.Prod...
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DIY Nature Masks with Natural Earth Paint

DIY Nature Masks with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Oct 6th 2012

In our most recent Toddler Nature Art Class, we had a great time making Nature Masks in preparation for Halloween! You can incorporate any natural items that you find around your neighborhood. We used seeds, feathers, flower buds and petals, sparkly Mica Pigment and Natural Earth Paint. Supplies:Thick paperEasily glue-able nature itemsGlueNatural Earth PaintStep 1: Collect nature items in you neighborhood or around your ho...
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Endless Summer Nature Crafts with Natural Earth Paint

Endless Summer Nature Crafts with Natural Earth Paint

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Sep 8th 2012

As summer comes to an end, take advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather with these all-natural craft projects using found objects from nature and our Natural Earth Paint!Painted Shell CollageSupplies:ShellsNatural Earth Paint KitStiff paper board or scrap plywoodGlue Paint your shells with Natural Earth Paint. Glue the shells to a scrap piece of wood or stiff paper board in pretty patterns or in shape of animals, fl...
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Make Your Own Natural Paint Brushes with Plants

Make Your Own Natural Paint Brushes with Plants

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 13th 2012

The natural world is full of great materials to create with. Make works of art with Natural Earth Paint and handmade, natural brushes for a wonderful eco-friendly crafting session! Supplies:Natural Earth PaintPlants such as yucca, mullein, iris, or cattail stemsOur Nature Art Class had a lot of fun making natural paint brushes out of yucca plant stalks and horse tails. The Southwest Native Americans had yucca plants all arou...
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