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Eco Paint Kit - FAQs

Eco Paint Kit - FAQs

How long do the paints last once mixed?

The paints are best if used fresh. The makers recommend that you use only as much pigment powders as needed for one painting session. However, the paint should be able to keep for weeks or even months, but the colour wet will become less vibrant over time. So again, fresh is best!

How can I thicken the paint?

To thicken the paint, add a little starch (corn, arrowroot powder) or a non-gluten flour. Regular wheat flour doesn't mix thoroughly.

Will the colours fade?

Like other arts and crafts-grade paints, the Eco Paint colours can fade over time with exposure to direct UV light. While the makers chose the most lightfast, non-toxic, botanical pigments they could find, the paints are not archival quality, and are not recommended for professional artists. The paints are similar to a watercolour. The pigments are best used to colour your objets d'art, such as painting on paper, collage, wood stain, play dough, paper-mache and more...

What are the colours made from?

The Eco Paint Kit uses all natural pigments from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.The paint combines gum arabic (a natural watercolour binder), with all-natural botanical food colours that have been used in arts & crafts since historic times. The colours come from beets, purple carrots, turmeric, and red cabbage, as well as beta-carotene from either oranges, tomatoes, carrots, or marigolds.

Can I dye my clothes?

No, the pigments are water-soluble painting pigments, not clothing dyes. Dyes require a mordant to set the colour to the fabric, many of which are toxic.

Do the paints stain?

The makers did a comparison between the Eco Paint and "washable" paints and the results were about the same. Both left slight staining with certain colours, but washed out fairly well. The Eco Paints are made from fruits and veggies, so you might expect the same type of subtle stain from spilled juice. The makers recommend always wearing painting clothes, so you can paint it on worry-free.

What is safer about the Eco Paints?

Commonly sold art pigments (colours) are usually made from petrochemicals, and the actual hazards of these materials are not always known. In the US, synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can be labelled "non-toxic." The rationale? There is no data to prove otherwise. Arts and crafts paints also often contain a host of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde (a carcinogen), one of the most common paint preservatives.

Paints may not only be hazardous to the consumer, but also the environment. Certified "non-toxic" pigments can still be toxic to fish and other wildlife. 

Eco Paints on the other hand use all natural pigments from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The paint combines gum arabic (a natural watercolour binder), with all-natural botanical food colours that have been used in arts & crafts since historic times. The paints are sustainable and biodegradable, making them safe to wash down the sink and into the enironment. The paints conform to US safety standards and the comprehensive requirements of: EUROPE, CANADA, and AUSTRALIA.
 

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