Art Supplies

Earth Paint

Eco-friendly paint kits using pure nontoxic earth pigments for adult artists and children. “Millions of years in the making,” these naturally-colored clays are collected from the ground, dried, crushed and sifted into pure pigment. The standard water-soluble children’s kit includes six natural earth colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown), biodegradable mixing cups, complete directions, and nature-based activity ideas. Their oil painting kit–for artists of all ages who want to eliminate unnecessary toxics from their painting practice–includes the same six colors plus a 4 oz. bottle of refined walnut oil for mixing. Individual pigments (including white, black, and violet) also available for purchase. “This beautiful paint has greater UV resistance, longevity,  purity, and luminosity than synthetic paints, and it yields a rich, unique luster on the canvas.   Enjoy the satisfaction of painting with actual Earth while avoiding any harm to yourself, your child, or the environment.”

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Creative Papers Online

"Superstore offering nearly 2,000 varieties of handmade and decorative papers" from around the world. I have the link set to their "recycled organic papers" section. This seems to be organic in the sense of it has plant material in the paper, not organically grown, but there are hardmade papers made of recycled materials. And look around the rest of the site too, particularly their saa, silk, and mulberry sections. There are handmade papers here in many colors, weights, sizes, patterns — even journals and notebooks, unique scrapbook papers, stationery, paper art, papers for home decor.

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Crayon Rocks

Charming nontoxic soy wax crayons in beautiful colors, made in the shape of pebbles. Slight indentations allow small fingers to color in large, wide strokes. Designed to strengthen the tripod drip muscles, preparing fingers and hands for pen and pencil use. Specially designed to help children with fine motor disorders to improve their tripod grip. I really like these colors and the fact that that the pebble shape allows you to fill areas with color in fine or bold strokes. Much more versatile artistically than a stick crayon and they feel natural in your hand.

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The Art and Creative Materials Institute

The leading authority on the safety of art and creative materials. They have evaluated and certified over 60,000 art and creative material formulations for children and adults (since 1940!) and have an online database of those they have found to be nontoxic. You may have seen their seal on many products. Their website also explains toxicity issues connected with art supplies.

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