January 20, 2010

Eco Art Tips: an elephant poster.

Below are some tips for longtime artists to consider, via Clementine Art and yours truly here at elephantjournal.com, which we assembled in honor of our Open Wall party at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Please feel free to share this poster, via email or, if you must, print on recycled paper for your classroom or art studio. Have more suggestions? Leave ’em in comments at bottom.

Dip in to supply yourself with a new bag of tricks!

When was the last time you thought about the real contents of a crayon or that beautiful bold tempera? Environmentally friendly, non-toxic “clean” supplies are gaining in popularity as we become more aware of the toxins encountered in everyday materials.  If all artists start implementing these eco tips we can ensure a safer future for all our children out there creating masterpieces.  ~ intro via ele editorial intern, Claire Lochridge.


Art is essential to a more Enlightened Society.

But we have to walk our talk. Many art supplies are downright poisonous.

Clementine Art and elephantjournal.com

invite Artists to Make Healthy Choices

for our children’s sake.

Choose non-toxic supplies.

Art supplies should be clearly labeled with “meets or exceeds ASTM D-4296”


Try a natural egg tempera or milk paint with natural mineral pigments.


Use clove oil or vinegar as a preservative in your homemade paint. Choose a painting medium that does not contain formaldehyde, a toxic preservative.


Stick with synthetic brushes for a cruelty-free approach.


Did you know traditional crayons have a petroleum base? Try beeswax or soy crayons instead.


Find old canvases and paintings at yard sales and paint over them. You might even get a good frame in the bargain.


When using chalk pastels, wear a mask, as the dust is often carcinogenic.


Avoid working with clay that contains talc, as it may also contain asbestos.

Brought to you by elephant journal and Clementine Art


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