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The 5 Most Important Eco-Friendly Art Studio Swaps

The 5 Most Important Eco-Friendly Art Studio Swaps

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jan 19th 2024

Many artists feel overwhelmed when they learn about the harmful toxicity in their art supplies and either can't afford to buy all new supplies or don't know where to start! The task of swapping out harmful supplies for natural and non-toxic can feel daunting, but don't worry, we've narrowed it down! Here are the 5 most important supplies that you should swap out for your health, longevity and the health of the planet.1. The MOST important swap fo...
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The History of Gesso & Artist Primers

The History of Gesso & Artist Primers

Posted by Leah Fanning on Dec 29th 2023

Historically, artists primed their painting surfaces with a traditional gesso made with animal hide glues such as rabbit skin glue, clay and limestone powder. Besides being hard on the rabbit population, these primers tended to be brittle and susceptible to cracking. With the invention of plastics in the early 1900’s, petroleum-based, acrylic gesso (liquid plastic) became the most commonly used artist primer among artists in the the 1950's to thi...
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The First Natural Acrylik Paint for Fabric: Waterproof and Permanent!

The First Natural Acrylik Paint for Fabric: Waterproof and Permanent!

Dec 26th 2023

With the release of our Natural Acrylik Paint, we are excited to offer the only natural and plant-based fabric paint that is permanent and water-resistant! After years of customer demand, you can now use the Natural Acrylik Paint to decorate clothing, shoes, bags, and cloth of all kinds! Supplies: Natural Acrylik Paint (Individual tubes or Sets) Fabric (natural fabrics such as cotton, rayon, or linen work best - although all ty...
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Leah's Top 5 Detoxing Tips for Artists

Leah's Top 5 Detoxing Tips for Artists

Posted by Leah Fanning on Dec 7th 2023

Even though I now use only natural art materials in my studio, I have to admit that I spent most of my 20s and early 30s practically bathing in mineral spirits and leaving heavy-metal-laden oil paints on my skin to seep into my bloodstream. I never had good ventilation while in art school and slept in the same room that I painted in. No one ever brought up the subject of safety in high school, college, art school, or beyond so I didn't worry...
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Is Acrylic Paint Really Toxic?

Is Acrylic Paint Really Toxic?

Posted by Leah Fanning on Nov 10th 2023

When I first created my business, Natural Earth Paint, 12 years ago, I had always been an oil painter and was very excited to spread the news that you could paint in a 100% toxin-free and natural way with natural oil paint. What then surprised me were the emails that started pouring in from artists saying that they preferred to paint with fast-drying acrylics but couldn't anymore because of their chemical sensitivities to the fumes! I didn't e...
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Our Natural Acrylik Medium

Our Natural Acrylik Medium

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 15th 2023

You can feel good about using acrylic paint with our first-of-its-kind, plant-based Natural Acrylik 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 plant based as opposed to petroleum based and does not include all of the toxic additives commonly found in conventional acrylic medium. Just like conventional acrylic mediums, t...
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Behind The Scenes - Where Do We Source Our Pigments?

Behind The Scenes - Where Do We Source Our Pigments?

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Victoria Leen on Nov 12th 2022

Where do our pigments originate from? Our pigments originate from all around the world! Here are the stories of three of our natural Earth & Mineral Pigments, Venetian Red, Yellow Ochre, and Terre Verte. Venetian RedVenetian Red has been in use since prehistoric times and is found and used around the world. It's a natural earthen clay that is tinted by iron oxide and is composed of a naturally calcined form of the mineral hematite -...
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2022 Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide

2022 Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Victoria Leen on Nov 11th 2022

Looking for the perfect creative, unique, sustainable gift for your loved one this holiday season? Let us help you - check out this holiday gift guide we have created just for you! Stocking Stuffers Eco-Friendly Fine Art BrushesEarth & Mineral Pigment Sample PackPalette KnifeEco-GlitterGift CertificatesNatural Face Paint JarsFor The Kiddos Natural Earth Paint KitNatural Face Paint KitEarth Flags Craft KitWooden Egg Craft KitFor The Eco...
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How to Create Your Own Art Supplies With Only 2 Ingredients!

How to Create Your Own Art Supplies With Only 2 Ingredients!

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Victoria Leen on Sep 26th 2022

All of our recipes to create your own art supplies break down into 2 main ingredients - pigments and binders.Creating your own art supplies can seem daunting and complicated at first. But don't fret- it is easy once you break the process down into 2 simple steps!Making your own art supplies requires 2 main categories of ingredients:1. Pigments2. BindersPigments give the art supply you're making color, and binders are the ingredients that cre...
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Why Natural Egg Dye? The Truth About Egg Dye Safety

Why Natural Egg Dye? The Truth About Egg Dye Safety

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 24th 2022

When it comes to edible projects like dying Easter eggs, nothing is more important than food safety. Our Natural Egg Dye Kit uses natural, food-grade extracts made from spices and veggies, unlike many conventional egg dyes on the market that contain toxic chemicals that shouldn't be ingested. But what's so bad about those chemicals, anyway? In this post, we'll provide the facts about some of the most commonly used dy...
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NEW Zero Waste Product Line for 2022!

NEW Zero Waste Product Line for 2022!

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jan 9th 2022

Real talk, Natural Earth Paint family: 2022 is the year of embracing imperfection. We've spent years perfecting our packaging aesthetics and eco-friendliness, and as a green business, we've come a long way (you can learn more about our eco-friendly packaging and practices here). But recently, we realized that many of our customers aren't actually looking for perfect packaging; they just want the quality of our pigments deliver...
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World Soil Day 2021: "Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity"

World Soil Day 2021: "Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity"

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Nov 25th 2021

December 5th is World Soil Day! We celebrate this day annually to raise awareness about the importance of healthy soil and advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. "Soil salinization and sodification are major soil degradation processes threatening ecosystem and are recognized as being among the most important problems at a global level for agricultural production, food security and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regi...
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Our 2021 Green Gift Guide for Littles! Top 10 Eco Gifts for Kids

Our 2021 Green Gift Guide for Littles! Top 10 Eco Gifts for Kids

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Nov 25th 2021

Looking for eco-friendly gifts for the littles in your life? Ahead of the holiday rush, we've rounded up our top 10 eco-favorites for kids of all ages. Get your holiday shopping done early and protect Mother Earth, too! Plus, our earth-conscious gift guide partners have graciously provided a few coupon codes for our Natural Earth Paint family–check them out below! Happy holidays!Christmas Stories Stamps by AilefoThis stamp set...
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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 ...
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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 individua...
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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 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 teaspo...
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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 i...
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Natural Earth Paint's Quest for Zero Waste Creativity

Natural Earth Paint's Quest for Zero Waste Creativity

Posted by Natural Earth Paint 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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Winter Reindeer Face Paint Tutorial with Kate Dascoli

Winter Reindeer Face Paint Tutorial with Kate Dascoli

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kate Dascoli on Dec 13th 2020

Celebrate the season with this lovely reindeer face paint tutorial, shared with us by Kate Dascoli. We were blown away by her wintry look, so she showed us just how to recreate it with our Natural Face Paints!Supplies: Brown, white, black and red Natural Face Paint, makeup sponge, and brushes.Step 1: Using a brush or sponge, add brown Natural Face Paint to the cheek bones and around the hair line. Line the...
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Making Natural Encaustic Paint with Earth Pigments

Making Natural Encaustic Paint with Earth Pigments

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Elise Wagner on Aug 19th 2020

Watch artist Elisa Wagner mix encaustic paints with natural pigments to create stunning effects!Interested in learning more about Natural Earth Paint artists? Visit our Eco Artists page!Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more natural inspiration....
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Why Organic Cotton?

Why Organic Cotton?

Posted by Natural Earth Paint 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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Leah's Eco-friendly Oil Painting Guide

Leah's Eco-friendly Oil Painting Guide

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & 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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The Benefits of Natural Earth Paints

The Benefits of Natural Earth Paints

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & 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, preservati...
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DIY Natural Fabric Paint with Earth Pigments

DIY Natural Fabric Paint with Earth Pigments

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Jun 28th 2019

For a waterproof fabric paint that is completely natural and non-toxic, we have two recipe options.Option 1: Natural Acrylic Paint: By mixing Natural Acrylic Medium, with our Earth & Mineral Pigments you make a beautiful, non-toxic, permanent, and waterproof fabric paint! See video tutorial below or blog tutorial here.Option 2: Traditional Soybean based Fabric Paint: This is an ancient and traditional recipe that has been used for centur...
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How to Make Natural, Eco-Friendly Oil Paints

How to Make Natural, Eco-Friendly Oil Paints

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Leah Fanning on 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, be 100% lightfast and humidity resistant,...
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DIY Natural Cold Porcelain Clay (Without Glue!)

DIY Natural Cold Porcelain Clay (Without Glue!)

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on 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 conventional gl...
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5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Spend Earth Day

5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Spend Earth Day

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on 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!)Here's our 30 Eco Artists who are changing the way we make environmental art. You can also become an eco-artist yourself! With the Eco Friendly Artist’s Oil Paint Kit, you can create your own luminous and archival paintings without harming the Earth!...
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Planning an Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

Planning an Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Mar 24th 2018

For all the expecting and new mothers out there, here's how to bring some natural color and earthy creativity to your baby shower with Natural Earth Paint!Natural Baby Shower Gift BasketsWhat could be a better gift for an expectant mother than a basket of Natural Earth Paint Kits? Try belly painting with our Natural Face Paint Kit, announcing your little one with our Hemp Flags, and introducing your little one to the ...
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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 on Apr 14th 2017

Earth Day arrives every year on April 22nd, inspiring mindfulness and gratitude for our precious Earth! There are many simple ways that you can celebrate Earth Day in your own home, workspace, or art studio and make a small change that has a large impact!Here's a list of 5 things you can change in your art studio to eliminate toxins in the environment and your body, to reduce waste, and bring healing to the Earth.1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!T...
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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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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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How to Store Your Mixed Natural Oil Paints

How to Store Your Mixed Natural Oil Paints

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Aug 25th 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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