Thursday, July 11, 2013

Eco Artist Tips

(Photo Credit: Maggie Miller Hand Painted llc)

Are you an artist or someone who paints for a hobby and have thought about how to transition and start creating your art in a more non-toxic way? 

I loved painting with oils but with my health problem I don’t anymore, so I replaced the oils with watercolor, acrylics’ and pastels. I mostly paint using acrylics.  
There are safer, environmentally-friendly products out there that are available for the professional artist and hobbyist.  Here are just a few tips and product choices to choose from.
I purchase a great deal online from Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick,  Dharma Trading Company, Utrecht, Cheap Joes and Daniel Smith are just a few of the online shops I love to purchase from.  You can purchase most art paints at your local hobby stores, but I find that on line I can find a larger variety especially on specialty paints.  I also work with fabrics and I purchase these at the online shops I mentioned for my fabric paints.
If you are used to painting with oils you appreciate how wonderful it is to work with them because of their open time and the many attributes they have, they however are toxic and if you are extremely sensitive they can be very dangerous to work with.
If you just don’t want to give those up yet, there are new paints out there that are water-mixable, water soluble. 

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 Major brands like:
  Holbein Duo Aqua Oils can be mixed with acrylics, watercolors, gouache, and oils, to create a variety of effects.  They can be mixed with metallic and pearl watercolors to create colors that you won’t find normally in  traditional oil color palettes.
Windsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil  were developed specifically to act like traditional oil paints. 
There are many eco varnishes and cleaners like Eco-House Damar Varnish that is an odorless, natural way to varnish your dry paintings. All Eco-House solvents are free of aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
Art Guard Barrier Cream lotions protect your hands from absorbing paint and there is Bob Ross Painter’s Glove and washes off with soap and water.  There are also gloves that fit almost like a second skin to protect your hands  and they don’t make your hands feel uncomfortable when working with your brushes or palette knives

These are a few ideas and products that are out there, monthly it seems that newer and improved products are coming out for the painter who wants to work in the studio in a more eco, green and sustainable way offering a wide variety of sustainable canvases and tools that an artist can use that is made in a sustainable manner.  

The Paints recommended and mentioned here are to help transition you from oil paint to water soluble paints and there are all the different brands of acrylics and mediums to use that are available at the same shops mentioned if you just want to switch from  oils altogether.

With all of these options you can continue to create art in a sustainable manner. 

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