A colourful full cycle. Returning to natural pigments.
As humans, we have forever been making our mark and telling our stories through pigments. From the early days of mud on walls to our current era of chemically produced and refined shiny liquids, paints have always played a part in the creative development of humans. In light of current environmental crises, many people are now seeking natural and ethically sourced alternatives to everyday products and it is pleasing that there have been developments in the world of art materials too. There are makers out there who are going back to the basics of foraging for natural pigments and creating art materials that are gentle to our planet.
Introducing, our Natural Paint Pigments. Open the box and you will likely produce a little sound of delight as you spy a range of safe, non-toxic pigments lined up with little biodegradable pots and a paintbrush. The colours inside the little packets are made entirely from organic ingredients, foraged from the earth and plants. Kept simple, the pigments can be mixed with water at a 1:1 consistency, or with natural oils such as linseed.
If you want to get even fancier with these pigments you can have a go at creating your own eco-paint using the recipe below. If mixing your own paint sounds like too much work, ökoNORM have produced their own little pots of natural paints, which you can find in our store too.
Gentle to the earth and to your skin, what’s not to love about these paints?
How to create your own eco-paints:
- Heat 1/2 cup of plain flour, 1/2 cup of cornflour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 2 1/2 cups of water gently in a pot until thickened.
- Once cool add 1 tablespoon of castile soap and 1 tablespoon of citric acid to the mixture. These act as preservatives.
- Separate the paste into different jars, which will hold your different colours.
- In a small dish mix 1 teaspoon of kaolin clay powder, 2 teaspoons of natural pigment and a small amount of water to form a paste.
- Add this paste to the jar and mix thoroughly.
- Repeat this step with the different natural pigment colours.
- Once finished, store jars in the fridge. They will last up to a month.