Does anyone know a UK manufacturer of eco-friendly artist’s paints? I can find plenty of sources of environmentally friendly house paint, and even natural pigment children’s paints – these Fabio Living Colour ones look amazing, although they don’t seem to be in stock anywhere – but none in the UK specifically aimed at people wanting to replace their acrylic, block printing or watercolours with a more environmentally friendly alternative.(Golden Artist Colors comes the closest in the US)
I’ve found screenprinters in Australia that use sustainable practises and Permaset fabric paints look encouraging (but again, Australian based).
I know a lot of paints use natural pigments or minerals as their foundation, but just being natural doesn’t necessarily mean eco- or person- friendly; just think of the lead used in Chrome Yellow! Hmm, maybe I’ll go along to Cornelissen & Son and pick their brains… If I find out anything, I’ll post on here.
If the words Vomit, Flu, Deadline, and Lethargy had been some of those omitted from the Junior OUP Dictionary, I'd have done quite well these past four days of Every Day in May… I don't seem to remember them on the list though, so I get back in the saddle with Lobster instead.
I used to have a rubber lobster bath toy that I think I ate the antenna, or at least some of the legs of.
I couldn't say lobster then ( I was v small) so he became a snobber instead. So here are some dancing Snobbers. (Lino-print / acrylic / some scribble & Photoshop)
Marzipan smells and tastes delicious (if you are so inclined) but is pretty underwhelming to draw until someone has made it into marzipan fruit or icing.
However it did make me think of soft, cake-y colours and the latticework of pie crusts so here is a marzipan pattern instead… I quite like how the pattern looks a little stained glassish too.
For some beautiful examples of *real* stained glass, head over to Flora's blog…
If you love the smell, try out Smitten from Lush; smells of Playdoh / almonds… yum!
3rd May and still playing with newts… This time using a newt on a leaf to make a repeat pattern… I'd like this on fabric to use to make a skirt.. Maybe in the blue or purple too! Time to visit Spoonflower?
May 2nd, and it's a newt in a jar!