Organic Painting: A Natural Alternative
Feeling eco guilt over art? You shouldn’t, but in case you do, here’s how to make your own paint from organic materials.
Notorious for being a very mindful activity, painting with flowers is actually quite simple. All you have to do is gather some vibrant petals and seep them in a few tablespoons of hot water. Add acid or baking soda for color variation. However, be warned: the colors can eventually fade (in a few weeks to years, given the circumstances. Maybe keep them out of the light?) Some could say the fading is a plus, though, because you can easily re use the paper!
Depending on where you live, you may be able to find roscos and clays that can be ground and mixed with honey/ gum arabic to make a less watery paint. It’s a much longer process, but can be very rewarding! Check here for more info.
Fans of hydroponics don’t need to be told that avocado seeds are where it’s at. But did you know they can also be used for dyes? Boil a few pits for a natural pink (very) water color. You could also add fabric to the pot for a naturally dyed garment.
You can also paint with berries, coffee, onion peels, or even soot/ charcoal (yes, the last two are not foods, unless you count barbecue?) This may be the most accessible way, but some shy away from it because it can be viewed as a tad bit wasteful. But just think about all the energy/plastic consumption/ greenhouse gasses you’ll be preventing by using natural paints! In my opinion, the benefits outweigh the costs.
Note: this is not to say I don’t condone using regular paint. I absolutely do! The little bit of plastic/carbon you use cannot possibly touch the amount created by large companies. The paint you use doesn’t even come close to putting a dent in it. But for those that can’t help but feel a little guilty, or just want to try it out, this is a nice alternative!
Have you ever painted with any of these organic materials? Would you? Let me know!