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Earth Day DIY Crafts & Eco Tips for Artists

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We Love Earth Day! Thank you for being a part of the solution and using natural art supplies that don’t poison our water supply, our bodies or the Earth! We encourage all of our supporters to pick one environmental organization to donate to this week! Our favorites are listed at the end of this email.

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Beautiful Marbled Paper is a fun and easy craft but it usually involves synthetic or chemical ingredients. We’ve created an all natural, plant-based technique. Check it out!

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Enter for a chance to win one Earth Flags Craft Kit!
CONTEST will run from April 16th – 19th!
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Like, Retweet, and Reply to the Earth Flag post telling us your favorite thing about nature.
One random winner chosen on April 20th.

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Learn 5 Easy Ways to Help the Earth Be Creative and Have Fun!

5 WAYS TO GREEN YOUR ART STUDIO!

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Our Favorite Organizations that make a REAL difference and need donations! Every little bit helps….
Rainforest Foundation
Rogue RiverKeeper
Rainforest Alliance
Tree Sisters

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DIY! Natural Confetti Eggs for Easter!

Confetti eggs are a fun and eco-friendly Easter tradition that you can easily make with kids at home!
by Hannah Medina
 
SUPPLIES
Eggs
Large Needle
Leaves or Edible Paper
Hole Punch
Tissue Paper
Glue
 
Emptying the Egg
1. To empty the contents of the egg, you’ll need eggs, a sharp object (I’ll be using a seam ripper), and a bowl to catch the egg whites and yolk.
2. Start by poking into one end of the egg with the seam ripper until you have a hole about 1 cm in radius. Into the opposite end of the egg, poke a few small holes.
3. Then, holding the egg over your bowl, blow into the side of the egg with smaller holes until the contents of the egg come out of the other end (I found that this is easier if you use a toothpick to break the yolk first).
4. After all of the whites and yolk have been emptied, rinse the egg with water and set it aside to dry.
Decorating and Stuffing the Egg with Confetti
1. For directions on using our Natural Egg Dye Kit, see our blog post here
After the eggs have completely dried, it’s time to fill with confetti!
Although you can use store-bought confetti, a fun alternative is to try making your own biodegradable confetti at home. Biodegradable confetti is better for the environment and removes the need for cleanup after breaking the eggs!
2. Gather some leaves from outside and punch holes to create some vibrant green confetti! Depending on the plants around you, you can make different colored confetti using different leaves or dried flower petals.
3. Another option is to purchase edible or biodegradable paper and punch out holes. 
4. Use a cone of paper to transfer the confetti into your dyed eggs.
5. Lastly, using a small piece of tissue paper and glue, cover the larger hole and let dry.
6. Then TADA! A completed eco-friendly confetti egg! Have a happy Easter!

Happy new Year from Natural Earth Paint

Happy New Year from Natural Earth Paint - To Health & Happiness

Happy New Year!

2017 was a wonderful year of growth for Natural Earth Paint! We are excited for new things to come in 2018! We want to wish everyone Health and Happiness in the new year! Choose to live a healthier lifestyle by making small changes that not only impact your health and well-being but living in an eco-friendly way that encourages others to do the same.

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Read Natural Earth Paint Founder and Artist Leah Fanning’s Interview with Green America. Find out why she switched from conventional paints to all natural, non-toxic paint supplies

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We thank you for your continued support and appreciate any feedback or suggestions!

Love,

The Natural Earth Paint Family

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Celebrate Halloween 2017 with Natural Earth Paints

Celebrate this HALLOWEEN season with our Natural Face Paints!

SALE on our Large and Mini Individual Face Paint Jars! VALID UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2017

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We thank you for your continued support and appreciate any feedback or suggestions!

Love,
The Natural Earth Paint Family

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Natural Earth Paint News August 2016

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Natural Earth Paint News August 2016

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT: Eco Artist and Survivor Finds Love through Earth Art

 

 

Eco artist, Pamela Hoke, has been on an artistic journey for many years to express nature as love through her writing and art.  She wrote the book “Natural Self Discovery,” and is currently creating a revised edition, which describes her recent move to the Pacific Northwest, her recent challenge with breast cancer, and a shift to Natural Earth Paints as her new medium. Her quest to discover a more earth-friendly and body-friendly art medium came about after she received two emergency grants from The Gottleib Foundation and The Haven Foundation. After surviving the worst part of her breast cancer experience, these grants helped empower her to invest in creating her entire paint inventory with Natural Earth Pigments, as it allowed her to have one paint source through which to mix in all her favorite mediums – oil, acrylic or watercolor.

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DIY TUTORIAL: Make Your Own Eco Stamp Pad & Recycled Stamps in 60 Seconds!

 

 

Supplies: Paper Towels, Natural Earth Paint, Variety of household items to stamp (pencil erasers, golf tees, wine corks, toothpaste cap, cut fruit or vegetables, flowers, Q-tips, toilet paper rolls, finger tips, etc.)
Step 1: Fold a few sheets of paper towels into a square and moisten with water. Place on a small plate or dish.
Step 2: Pour a few spoonfuls of Natural Earth Paint on the paper towels and begin stamping with anything!
Pencil Erasers…. Golf tees…. Carpenter pencils…. Cut potatoes …. (or simply slice an apple or pear in half and stamp) The possibilities are Endless!!!

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Natural Earth Paints - Eco-Friendly Artist

 Natural Earth Paints Eco-Friendly Artist Video & Interview, New Products

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Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints
Click the image above to watch eco friendly artist Jenay Elder mix her own natural and non-toxic oil paints using pure earth pigments, walnut oil and Eco-Solve.
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 Natural Earth Paints Eco Friendly Artist Interview : Laura Zepeda
Laura Zepeda is an inspirational earth artist. She has completely invented her own tools, supplies and techniques using roughly crushed earth and minerals to make “paintings” that literally glow like a gemstone. Here is her description of this interesting process.

NATURAL EARTH PAINTS ECO FRIENDLY ARTIST FOCUS: LAURA ZEPEDA

From the Weirdo Toolbox : Earth Art by Laura Zepeda

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Mica Moon Reflections, by Laura Zepeda

I have no idea what I’m doing but a thousand ways to do it: I’m equal parts Artist and Mad Scientist. I’m making this up as I go along. I am not only creating art, but also the tools and materials I use to make it. I’ve spent sixteen years collecting and preparing colorful mineral samples to use as a rough pigment for highly textured paintings on canvas with surprising natural color, made using a variety of acrylic gel mediums. It is unlike any other art medium I’ve used: its unusual challenges have led to the invention of strange tools and equipment, mostly from an oddball assortment of found objects, repurposed household items, and packaging scraps that could qualify me for an episode of Hoarders. Brushes are of limited use: fine grains of mineral sand will ruin the bristles, so I got creative. Obsessed, really: I’m fully aware of how strange it is.

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Is that a pot of soup on the stove? Better ask: maybe I’m boiling some beach sand. Is she casting a spell? Why is there sparkly dust everywhere? I’m just using my granite mortar and pestle to grind mica, and sifting it with water, a baby medicine dropper, and a wire strainer to separate different size grains of my favorite glittery mineral.

READ FULL INTERVIEW ON OUR BLOG:

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Gemstone Evening, by Laura Zepeda

Laura Z can be reached via email at [email protected]; To learn more, visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FairyRustArt, or follow her new blog, The Weirdo Toolbox, at https://theweirdotoolbox.blogspot.com.

NEW Natural Earth Paint Eco Friendly Artist Products from our Store:

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An essential tool for mixing your own paints. 11″x14″ palette made of 1/4″ thick glass with shaved edges. $15
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Hand-crafted by local artisans, these beautiful, 2 lb. glass mullers are perfect for ensuring your paints have been thoroughly mixed. Using a glass muller guarantees that every pigment particle has been completely coated in oil which eliminates the risk of having an air pocket in your painting. $44.95
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Natural Earth Paint Wins the Cribsie Awards – 380,000 people voted that Natural Earth Paints have the “Best Non-toxic Art Supplies”!
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“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes!

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes from the Studio of Leah Fanning Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

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Artist Inger Jorgenson, uses Eco-Solve to create beautiful drip effects.

ARTIST FOCUS: ROBERTO PARADA

One Artist Changes His Art and Saves His Life

Artist Roberto Parada

Artist Roberto Parada

Note from the Author: Natural Earth Paint sent Roberto a complimentary bottle of Eco-Solve to try after hearing of his health troubles. We look forward to hearing his feedback!!
Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004. I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change his process while continuing to paint very high quality, archival and professional paintings.
Were you ever taught about the toxicity in art supplies in art school?

I went to a very prestigious art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s and was never taught about any hazards in art supplies by my painting and illustration teachers. I did have one sculpture teacher who adamantly forbade the use of fixatives, solvents and chemicals because he had gotten lymphoma from the use of those chemicals. He never really explained why we shouldn’t use them but just told us not use them in his classroom. My painting teachers all used toxic materials themselves and probably just didn’t know the health risks involved.

What was your painting technique throughout your school years and career?

I have always been an oil painter and I’m guilty of never wearing gloves or having adequate ventilation or even thinking that I should. Noone ever taught me the risks and on the warning labels on paint thinners I only saw warnings about difficulty breathing and respiratory issues. There was nothing about the fact that it can get into your bloodstream and cause death risks. The warnings are very ambiguous and limited considering the fact that I can list 5 different types of cancer that come from paint thinners. For example, 3 kinds of leukemia AML, ALL, CLL,  and Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I also used all of the heavy metal based paints – cadmiums and cobalts – and didn’t think much about it. In the 90’s the “Odorless Mineral Spirits” came onto the market and we all thought that this was a healthier alternative. Now I know that Odorless mineral spirits still have petroleum based distillates and benzene which is exactly what brought about my illness.

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How to use Eco-Solve to clean oil paint brushes without toxins or solvents!

The Benefits of Eco-Solve:

  • 100% natural and non-toxic
  • Archival, professional artist-quality
  • Subtle, fruity licorice scent
  • Does not irritate the skin
  • Does not emit harmful vapors.
  • Soy-based and vegan. Cruelty-free.
  • Superb for creating washes, under-paintings, glazes, drip effects, etc.
  • Excellent brush cleaner! Can be used to clean all oil painting tools, palettes, brushes, containers, and work surfaces
  • Does not pollute the soil or waterways

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20% off Eco-Solve Now through May 26, 2016! The Green School in Bali uses Earth Paints exclusively in their curriculum and painted a collaborative Earth Day mural this year.

The Green School in Bali uses Earth Paints exclusively in their curriculum and painted a collaborative Earth Day mural this year.The Green School in Bali uses Earth Paints exclusively in their curriculum and painted a collaborative Earth Day mural this year.

Natural Earth Paint Wins the Cribsie Awards – 380,000 people voted that Natural Earth Paints have the “Best Non-toxic Art Supplies”!Natural Earth Paints Wins 2016 Cribsie Awards!

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Natural Earth Paint Spring News

Spring News: DIY Art Supplies Recipes & New Products

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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 including natural earth pigments in the mix! This ink is for wood block prints but can also be used for linoleum cuts and mono prints.

materials needed to make nontoxic printmaker's ink at home

Materials Needed:  Rice Paste (Nori), Natural Earth Pigments, Magnesium Carbonate -optional, Alcohol (Gin is best) – optional (makes ink more archival and durable)

Tools Needed: roller or soft brush, palette, small container, metal paint spatula
Find Step-by-Step Instructions HERE

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The Complete Eco-friendly

Artists Oil Paint Kit

new natural earth paints, set now comes with 10 pigments, a 4 oz jar of refined walnut oil, 4 oz jar of eco-solve, a new product, mixing instructiosn and a guide to using earth paints

We’re excited to introduce our newest product after many customer requests for a more complete oil paint kit. $44.95This kit contains:

  • Ten natural earth & mineral pigments in 2 oz. packets:  venetian red, orange ochre, yellow ochre, terre verte, ultramarine blue, ultramarine purple, black ochre, burnt sienna, titanium white rutile and burnt umber.
  • 4 oz. jar of refined walnut oil.
  • 4 oz. jar of Eco Solve: non-toxic and plant-based paint thinner/ brush cleaner.
  • Eco Oil Painting Guide & Mixing Instructions

Paint like the Old Masters with these 100% pure and natural earth and mineral oil paints. These naturally non-toxic paints create the most archival, UV resistant, durable and radiant paints available today. 
This kit includes top-quality pigments, sustainably harvested from around the world. Each has been carefully ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to each pigment. They provide a texture, radiance, and subtlety of color that synthetic pigments simply can’t equal. When mixed with oil these paints are free of fillers, preservatives, toxins, petroleum-based pigments and heavy metals.
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ECO-SOLVE:

Eco-Solve, new nontoxic artists solvent paint thinner from Natural Earth Paints

Now Available in 1 Gallon Metal Containers

Enjoy a very high cost savings on Eco-Solve with our new 1 gallon option. Try our revolutionary non-toxic and natural paint thinner and brush cleaner.  
$69.95 / Gallon

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My 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 found that most modeling clay is made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) mixed with phthalate plasticizers, which helps keep them soft and maleable. Since these are associated with several scary, potential health risks, I decided to make our own with all natural ingredients and natural earth pigments. As an extra bonus, this modeling clay actually nourishes your skin as you play with it!

Recipe:
-1 cup beeswax pellets
-3 tsp. coconut oil or olive oil
-2 tsp. Lanolin (found in baby sections – commonly used for nursing)
-1 Tbsp. Earth Pigment (Color of your choice)
-plastic ice cube tray or any silicone “mold”

Step 1- Get a double boiler or fill a large pot with water and place a smaller pot with all ingredients inside. Heat ingredients and stir until melted and liquid.Recipe continues HERE

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News from Leah Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

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Earth Paint – Leah Fanning Mebane

Dear friends,

I have some super exciting news about my business, Natural Earth Paints! You probably remember 3 years ago when I started this business in my garage with just 2 natural paint kits. We’ve been slowly and steadily growing and have now filled 2 bedrooms, an outdoor workshop and our kitchen and have now created 15 products. We have lots of exciting things happening next year: our first trade shows, new international distributors wanting to take us on and six new eco-friendly art supplies in development! But we’ve reached a kind-of bottle-neck where we don’t have an inch of space left to grow in my home and also not enough income to rent a warehouse or hire employees or develop new products. 
 
It’s so hard to ask for help sometimes but I’m so excited about the upcoming possibilities for Natural Earth Paints that I’ve decided to take the plunge and reach out! I’ve just launched a fundraiser which will last for one month. Check it out and also check out our JUST released new video by Oneal Latimore here….
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GIFTS FOR YOU… For every donation, you can choose from a large variety of gifts in return – everything from original oil paintings, Earth Paints products and private lessons.

If you’re not able to donate, please forward this link on to anyone who you think may want to help support a small, mama-owned, eco-conscious company. Share the love and have a beautiful Fall.
Sending lots of gratitude!
Leah Fanning Mebane
 
Owner of Natural Earth Paints
541.890.6533

Contemporary Fine Artist