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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 oil paints (or keep them wet longer) [NATURAL EARTH PAINT]

How to store your mixed oil paints (or keep them wet longer) [NATURAL EARTH PAINT]

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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