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Featured in Green Child Magazine (and more ways to celebrate Earth Day!)

Earth Day is tomorrow and Green Child Magazine features some Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Dayincluding using our Natural Earth Paint products!

The article gives ideas from creating a butterfly garden to visiting a local farmer’s market to celebrate the Earth’s natural wonders. The article also links to Nature-inspired Art Projects + Making Your Own Paints & Brushes written by Natural Earth Paint owner, Leah Fanning!

You can learn how to make natural paints out of materials you have at home such as eggs or milk, and even use the paints to make nature prints!

5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Spend Earth Day

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! With the Eco Friendly Artist’s Oil Paint Kit, you can create your own luminous and archival paintings without harming the Earth! Made with natural earth & mineral pigments, organic walnut oil and a plant-based solvent. 

2. Make some Earth Pigment Crayons

Christina over at The Hippy Homemaker used our Natural Pigments to create non-toxic, eco-friendly Homemade Wax Crayons! These crayons are a great project you can complete with your kids, and you can use blue, white, and green pigments to create Earth-themed crayon sets!

  • 3. Earth Day Paper Marbling

  • Last week, we shared a blog post on how to do Natural Paper Marbling at home using natural materials! All you need is Methyl Cellulose (a plant adhesive), Natural Earth Pigments, and Walnut Oil to create your very own marbled masterpiece!



  • 4. Beach / Lake Clean Up

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  • And of course, there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than with taking action to help clean up our planet! Many organizations do planned Earth Day beach, river, or forest clean ups, but you can also just as easily go out and clean up by yourself! 


  • Be sure to bring bags, sturdy gloves (in case of glass), and comfortable shoes. And don’t forget to enjoy nature while you’re there!
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  • 5. Start Composting

  • Last but not least, Earth Day is a perfect time to start a compost bin! Compost is decomposed organic material, like food waste or leaves, that is often added to soil to improve soil structure. Composting helps add nutrients to soil, aids in plant growth, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by limiting the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills. 

    Today.com offers a great Beginner’s Guide to Composting to help you get started! Composting is also a great way to keep the Earth Day spirit going throughout the year. It doesn’t need to be Earth Day for us to be eco-friendly!

    DIY Natural Marbled Paper for Earth Day

    In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we have taken the traditional craft of paper marbling and adapted it into a 100% natural, non-toxic and earth-based activity using earth pigments, walnut oil and a plant based glue. 

    This is a fun and fascinating way to create unique paint designs on paper for cards and decorations. The process works by having the paint sit right on the surface of the water, so that it can easily get picked up by paper.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    (Water marbling is definitely a trial-and-error type of process, so feel free to try different ratios and materials to see what works best!)

    1. Water + Methyl Cellulose. Mix hot water and methyl cellulose in a large, flat container with whisk, using enough so that the water fills the container about 1-2 inches high. I used about 1 tablespoon of methyl cellulose to 4 cups of water.

    • One option for mixing – put hot water and methyl cellulose in a glass jar and shake with lid on until mixed. Let sit until fully dissolved.

    2. The Paint. It’s important to get your paint to the right consistency so that it can easily float on top of the water. I added a small amount of earth pigment to walnut oil in about a 1:8 ratio (enough for the oil to have color, but not so much that the consistency of the oil changes). 

    • The paint can be poured slowly into the container. If the paint does not float, add more oil to the paint. If it forms bubbles slightly under the water, you can easily pop them with a toothpick. You can use the toothpick to create different designs as well.
    • I alternated between green, white, and blue paints to imitate the swirling colors of a globe.

     

    3. The Paper. Try what papers you have on hand but I had the most luck with some scraps of textured cardstock. I set the paper onto the paint and let it sit for a few seconds before carefully picking it up. (Wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to get messy!)

    4. Finalizing Your Design. Let the paint settle onto the paper for several minutes, then carefully run your paper under lightly flowing water to remove any excess paint or thickened water. Let your final design dry for a few hours, then TADA! Feel free to use your water marbled paper in other crafts and projects! You can cut your paper into circles to make small Earth cards! Just in time for Earth Day!