How & Why To Use Pigments For Any Paint ProjectPosted by Franziska on Mar 28, 2011 in Art, Blog, Green Stuff, Upcycling & DIY | 2 comments
Today, I did my oil paint inventory and decided to order my color online. While I always love to support my local art store here in the Dallas area, I decided to study a little more about pigments which my store does not carry.
You don’t have to be an artist to use paint, every one of us has used paint for inside and out house projects, walls, furniture, etc. But do you know the ingredients of the paint you are using? Most paints contain chemicals, artificial components and toxic fumes. As an artist, I am exposed to toxic fumes more than others, so I started my research and found a company that sells non-toxic pigments, mica powders and mediums. The site EarthPigments even includes recipes for all of your paint projects like
- plaster & cement
- paints & finishes
- artist’s colors
So what are the advantages?
- friendly to your own health
- friendly to your wallet -so much cheaper to make your own paint!
- vibrant colors
- the joy of creating natural colors
I also compared several companies in price range, service, user-friendly website, easy check-out, availability of colors, variety, shipping and general information. In general, EarthPigments was the best of what I have found.
As soon as my pigments arrive, I will write another post about pigments and its use. Have you used pigments before? What are your experiences with making your very own colors?
An anecdote: while I read all about color, pigments and how to mix paint, I thought of something that I wasn’t aware of before. My grandfather was born into a family (born 1886) that produced industrial oil paint for bridges and trains in Cologne. He had 12 sisters and brothers, so he decided to get away from the large family to start his own paint company in Karlsruhe, Germany. The company did extremely well until WW2 started. My grandfather did not join the NSDAP and therefore his company was shut down. After the war, he tried to activate his company again but had to close it in the 60s. I never met my grandfather but I grew up in his house, played on the property right next to the factory and now I am here experimenting with pigments producing my own paint. I feel him smiling at me