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Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints with Tasha Cathey

Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints with Tasha Cathey

Posted by 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 PigmentsPalette KnifeGlass MullerThe dropper is optional, it just makes it easier to apply the oil. A glass palette is also reco...
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Natural Pottery with Earth & Mineral Pigments

Natural Pottery with Earth & Mineral Pigments

Posted by Lilliana Hoffman on Apr 14th 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 Pigments1. Make 3 quarter-pound balls of low fire clay.2. "Wedge" one teaspoon of p...
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How to Mix & Store Your Own Natural Acrylic Paint

How to Mix & Store Your Own Natural Acrylic Paint

Posted by Sarah Scarborough on Jan 28th 2021

Today we're sharing our tutorial on mixing and storing your own Natural Acrylic Paint with our Natural Acrylic Medium! Why should you make your own acrylic paints? For years, we've been receiving requests for a natural acrylic paint alternative from customers who were tired of chemical sensitivities from fumes, skin irritation, and concerns about the environmental damage that conventional acrylics can cause...
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Natural Earth Paint's Quest for Zero Waste Creativity

Natural Earth Paint's Quest for Zero Waste Creativity

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jan 17th 2021

As many of you know, we're introducing new home-compostable pouches for our pigments so you can enjoy a whole new way of storing Natural Earth Paint the eco-friendly way! But how did we get here?Since our humble beginnings, we've been committed to eco-friendly products and practices. We operate out of a fully solar-powered facility in Southern Oregon that also serves as a community drop-off site for bubble wrap and other packi...
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NEW! Our Natural Acrylic Medium is Here!

NEW! Our Natural Acrylic Medium is Here!

Posted by Leah Fanning on Dec 9th 2020

The wait is over! Now you can feel good about using acrylic paint with our all-new, first-of-its-kind, plant-based Natural Acrylic Medium. This product is made with naturally archival ingredients to provide a permanent, water-resistant and non-yellowing finish that dries crystal clear. This product is truly non-toxic, plant based and contains ZERO petroleum byproducts. Just like conventional acrylic mediums, this medium has many uses in...
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The Benefits of Natural Earth Paints

The Benefits of Natural Earth Paints

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jul 30th 2020

We are proud that Natural Earth Paints are one of the safest paint products on the market. They are safe for you, your child, and the planet. Because of their undiluted purity, these paints have a time-tested durability of thousands of years. Here are some of their benefits:Archival: Pure pigments are the most permanent of all pigments, lasting thousands of years.Superior Quality: There are no added fillers, additives, preservatives or stabilizer...
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Leah's Eco-friendly Oil Painting Guide

Leah's Eco-friendly Oil Painting Guide

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jul 30th 2020

Leah's Eco-friendly Oil Painting Guide: How to Eliminate All Toxins from the Oil Painting ProcessSolvents such as turpentine, paint thinner, mineral spirits, and varnish emit toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as they dry. When poured down the sink, they send harsh toxins into our water supply. They also continue to off-gas from your finished paintings. The use of solvents as a paint thinner and brush cleaner is a relatively recent developme...
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Why Organic Cotton?

Why Organic Cotton?

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jul 30th 2020

Why buy Organic Cotton artist's canvas?Organic cotton is cotton grown without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or defoliants on land that has been free of these chemicals for at least three years. Organic agriculture is better for workers and the environment.Benefits for the EarthWith organic cotton the soil is treated with care so that it continues to thrive and to give the cotton everything it naturally needs....
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DIY Natural Fabric Paint with Earth Pigments

DIY Natural Fabric Paint with Earth Pigments

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jun 28th 2019

In our opinion, fabric paints should be three things- non-toxic, permanent, and waterproof. We now offer a  Natural Acrylic Medium, the perfect binder for- you guessed it! -non-toxic, permanent, and waterproof fabric paint made with our Earth & Mineral Pigments. Just mix, paint, and enjoy!If you want to get a little more crafty, you can also make your own fabric paints from soybeans! Earth & Mineral Pigments...
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How to Make Natural Oil Paints

How to Make Natural Oil Paints

Jun 23rd 2018

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 of...
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DIY Natural Cold Porcelain Clay (without Glue!)

DIY Natural Cold Porcelain Clay (without Glue!)

May 23rd 2018

Natural Cold Porcelain Clay is a perfect substitute for toxic polymer clay and 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. Perfect for kids through professional artists. The DIY cold porcelain recipes that we found online all called for glue or PVA which can c...
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5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Spend Earth Day

5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Spend Earth Day

Apr 13th 2018

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd! Here are a few creative ideas for eco-friendly activities you can do with your family!1. Admire a few eco-friendly artists (or become one yourself!)This article in Huffington Post highlights a few incredible artists who focus their artwork on sustainability and environmentalism. Many of the pieces are created with either natural materials or recycled plastic! You can also become an eco-artist yourself!...
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Bring Natural Color to Your Baby Shower!

Bring Natural Color to Your Baby Shower!

Mar 24th 2018

Happy first week of spring! For all the expecting and new mothers out there, here’s a tutorial on how to bring some natural color and earthy creativity to your baby shower or blessing way with natural paint kits! Natural Baby Shower Gift Baskets!What better gift for an expectant mother than a basket of Natural Earth Paint kits? Belly Painting (with the Natural Face Paint Kit), Earth Flags Painting, and Earth Paints to save for after the baby’...
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Detoxing for Artists

Detoxing for Artists

Sep 14th 2017

Even though I now have only non-toxic and natural art materials around, I have to admit that I spent most of my life practically bathing in turpentine and leaving heavy-metal laden paints on my skin to seep into my bloodstream. But even if I hadn't been an artist, just living on this planet means we need to detoxify or lesson our toxic load. I personally developed a variety of allergies that started after 4 years of art school and now...
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5 Things You Can do Differently for Earth Day- In Your Art Studio

5 Things You Can do Differently for Earth Day- In Your Art Studio

Apr 14th 2017

(Photo and Model: Brooke Fiorillo, using Natural Face & Body Paint)Earth Day arrives every year on April 22nd, and with its arrival brings hope to inspire mindfulness and gratitude for our earth. Mother Nature deserves much appreciation and there are many simple ways that you can celebrate in your own home, work space or art studio. The sunshine is starting to stay in the sky longer, the days are warmer and rows of blossoms are beginnin...
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8 Ways to Use Natural Gold Mica from Natural Earth Paint

8 Ways to Use Natural Gold Mica from Natural Earth Paint

Dec 28th 2016

#1. Natural Gold Mica Oil PaintIngredients: Natural Gold Mica & Refined Walnut Oil1. Pour small mound of gold mica on a glass palette 2. Pour small amount of walnut oil on top3. Mix with a palette knife until smooth (adding more oil as needed).4. Paint!#2. Flash Guilding1. Brush an oil or water-based adhesive onto dry painting surface. We used walnut oil.2. Dip dry, soft brush into dry mica.3. Dust onto wet surface.4. Wait until completely dry be...
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Make Your Own Professional & Natural Watercolors

Make Your Own Professional & Natural Watercolors

Feb 22nd 2016

Mixing your own watercolors allows you to make an incredibly archival, very high quality paint that has a more brilliant luminosity (see comparison to commercial tubed paint below) and are free of fillers, preservatives, heavy metals, petroleum-based pigments and toxins. And it couldn't be simpler! Ingredients: Natural Earth PigmentsGum Arabic PowderHoney (if you want a vegan version, use glycerin)Optional Ingredients: clove or thym...
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Make your own Natural Clay House Paint with Natural Earth Paint

Make your own Natural Clay House Paint with Natural Earth Paint

Aug 27th 2015

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!Supplies Needed:drill with paint mixer attachmentbucketflourboraxNatural Earth Pigmentsfine sand (optional)Step 1:Make Flour Paste: Mix 2 cups cold water with 1 cup flour, then add to 6 cups of boiling water - stir until thick.Step 2:In a bucket miix 1 part fl...
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Make your own Natural Modeling Clay

Make your own Natural Modeling Clay

Mar 8th 2015

DIY Natural & Non-toxic Modeling ClayMy 4 year old son loves home-made play dough, but in the reality of our hectic days, 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 and malleable and infinitely re-usable, I was very excited. I noticed though that there was a toxic smell and it stuck to his hands and dyed them colors. I did a little research and...
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How to make Natural & Non-toxic Printmaking Ink

How to make Natural & Non-toxic Printmaking Ink

Mar 1st 2015

I recently met a local artist/ printmaker, Shannon Yost, and asked her if she's ever made non-toxic printmaking ink (because I know it's very hard to find). To my delight and surprise she had actually studied with visiting Japanese Master Printmakers and learned a very ancient and little-known technique called the Moku Hanga technique of making your own inks. This ancient recipe has always used all non-toxic ingredients and we had fun...
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How to Make Your Own Eco Artist Canvas

How to Make Your Own Eco Artist Canvas

May 22nd 2014

How to stretch, prime and find sustainable materials to make an eco-friendly artist canvas!Plus a Bonus: 7 More sustainable surfaces to paint on (below)MATERIALS:- Certified Organic Cotton Canvas- Stretcher Bars (several options available): 1) Build your own (or hire a local woodworker) to make stretcher bars with recycled or FSC certified wood OR 2) find old paintings at yard sales or in second-hand stores and re-use those stretche...
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How to Store Your Mixed Natural Earth Paint Oil Paints

How to Store Your Mixed Natural Earth Paint Oil Paints

Aug 24th 2013

How to Store Your Mixed Earth Oil Paints & Keep them Wet Longer A common question we get is.... "After mixing up a large batch of Earth Oil Paint, how do I keep it wet for a long period?"This answer could also apply to any oil paints that you use. Here are a few options (the first is my favorite)... 1. At the end of a day's painting, scrape any leftover colors into small squares of foil, fold the foil over so that the paint is air...
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Can eco-friendly art supplies be archival and professional quality?

Can eco-friendly art supplies be archival and professional quality?

May 12th 2013

Painting by Rembrandt created with natural earth pigments, minerals, and walnut oil.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 be extremely toxic. For the supplies that I already knew were toxic (like turp...
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