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Recipe: Natural Earth Drawing Ink

Recipe: Natural Earth Drawing Ink

Posted by 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 N...
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Recipe: Natural Gouache Paint

Recipe: Natural Gouache Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning on Feb 11th 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 “Watercolor Base” from our watercolor recipe.Watercolor Base Mix 1 cup hot water with ½ cup Gum Arabic PowderAdd in 1/5 cup honey o...
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Recipe: Professional-Grade Natural Watercolors

Recipe: Professional-Grade Natural Watercolors

Posted by Leah Fanning on Feb 11th 2021

Making your own watercolors allows you to make an incredibly archival, high quality paint that has a more brilliant luminosity than tubed pro-quality watercolors and is free of fillers, preservatives, heavy metals, petroleum-based pigments and toxins.  And it couldn't be simpler! Ingredients Natural Watercolor Kit or Earth & Mineral Pigments Gum Arabic Powder Honey (if you want a vegan version, use glycerin)...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Modeling Clay

Recipe: Natural Earth Modeling Clay

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Cold Porcelain Clay

Recipe: Natural Cold Porcelain Clay

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Clay House Paint

Recipe: Natural Clay House Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Acrylic Paint

Recipe: Natural Earth Acrylic Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning on Feb 11th 2021

For painters who enjoy the durable, fast-drying and versatile qualities of acrylic, you can make a 100% plant-based acrylic earth paint that is more luminous than conventional acrylics!There are no fillers, additives or preservatives in our Natural Acrylic Medium. It is 100% petroleum free and has no synthetic pigments or toxic ingredients. It can be used on almost any surface and is also as a permanent fabric paint.Ingredients:Natural Acryl...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Mural Paint

Recipe: Natural Earth Mural Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning 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...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Paints

Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Paints

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Wood Stains

Recipe: Natural Wood Stains

Posted by Leah Fanning - Video by 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 brushMix 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 wit...
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Recipe: Natural Glair Earth Paint

Recipe: Natural Glair Earth Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning on Feb 11th 2021

Glair paints were popular during the 5th century to create illuminated manuscripts. Because the paint is not very strong, it works best on paper. It’s perfect for art journaling and is very quick and easy to make.Ingredients: Egg whiteEarth & Mineral PigmentsPrep Time: 10 min. Beat egg whites into a froth that is like a meringue in consistency. Let sit at room temperature several hours or overnight.Gently remove the foam on top (th...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Printmaking Ink

Recipe: Natural Earth Printmaking Ink

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Carbona...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Egg Tempera

Recipe: Natural Earth Egg Tempera

Posted by Leah Fanning 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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Recipe: Natural Earth Pastels

Recipe: Natural Earth Pastels

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 PigmentsWaterBin...
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Recipe: Natural Casein Earth Paint

Recipe: Natural Casein Earth Paint

Posted by Leah Fanning on Feb 11th 2021

Derived from milk, casein paint dates all the way back to Asian cave paintings. It was widely used up until the Renaissance, and it's durable, fast-drying, and water-soluble. It does smells a little strange, but the smell dissipates as it dries! Do not use if you are allergic to dairy products.Ingredients: Casein powderBoraxEarth & Mineral PigmentsPrep time: 5 min. prep; then let sit overnight. 5 more min., and let sit an hour.Proce...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Sand Painting

Recipe: Natural Earth Sand Painting

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Pigments Prep Time: 3 min. per colorProcess: Place 1 cup of...
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Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Pastels

Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Pastels

Posted by Leah Fanning 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 Leah Fanning 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....
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