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Tempera Paint vs Acrylic - Colour your World Bright

2020 Nov 10th

Tempera Paint vs Acrylic - Colour your World BrightHave you ever considered the “pros and cons” of tempera paint vs acrylic? If you have children or are involved in the painting or art community, you have already discovered your preferences.Does it matter?Well, many studies have shown that it does matter what sort of paints you use for your paintings not only for the final result, but also because they end up on your skin, you breathe in the exce...
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Eco Paint Made with Natural Ingredients and No Harsh Chemicals

2020 Nov 4th

Eco paint is made with natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals as you might assume. What you might not know is how many companies misrepresent their products to seem safe. Words like Non-Toxic in the industry are commonplace. The New York Times published an article in 2018 about a number of school supplies including Asbestos and Benzene. Even in trace amounts these “Non-Toxic” crayons and markers were quite the opposite. So...
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Make Your Own Natural Paint Brushes with Plants

Make Your Own Natural Paint Brushes with Plants

2019 Dec 31st

Our recent Nature Art Class had alot of fun making natural paint brushes out of yucca plant stalks and horse tails and painting with Earth Paints. The Southwest Native Americans had yucca plants all around them (but they grow in many other places - like my backyard in Oregon) and used them for painting pottery and fabric. Other plants to try are mullein, iris and cattail stems. How to Make Native American Paint Brushes: Yucca...
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Endless Summer Nature Crafts

Endless Summer Nature Crafts

2019 Dec 31st

As Summer is coming to an end we can keep our fun Summer memories alive with these all natural craft projects using found objects from nature!Painted Shell CollageMaterials: shells, Earth Paints, stiff paper board or scrap plywood, glueThis is a perfect way to use collections of shells that you collected at the beach this year and not just keep them in a bag all Winter. Paint them with Earth PaintsGlue to a scrap piece of wood or stiff pap...
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How to Make Nature Masks

How to Make Nature Masks

2019 Dec 31st

In my most recent Toddler Nature Art Class we had a great time making Nature Masks in preparation for Halloween! You can incorporate any nature items that you find where you live but we used seeds, chicken feathers, flower buds and petals, sparkly mica chips and Earth Paints. Materials: thick paper, nature items that are easily glue-able ( seeds, pressed leaves, feathers, etc.), glue, Earth Paints Step 1: Collect nature items in y...
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