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Art Can Be Eco-Friendly Too: 3 Ways To Make Paint At Home

Here Are Three Ways To Make Paint At Home That Will Not Only Help Your Pocket, But Also The Environment.

Paint in plastic cups with brushes

Although you can find paintings in the market, today we are going to tell you three ways to make ecological painting from the comfort of your home. Photo: Pexels

LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero

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Paint has been used by humans for centuries to create works of art. Materials have evolved over the years for their practicality, for example, paint has been produced synthetically, when before it was done naturally. While this has allowed for increased production and lower costs, synthetic paint can have negative effects on both human and environmental health.

Why choose ecological paint?

Ecological paint is made from natural products, while synthetic paint is made from very powerful chemical components, such as mercury, cadmium or lead. In addition, they also have acetone, a volatile organic component that is too strong, and when combined with the components that we have already mentioned, has a direct effect on the environment. These materials generate toxic waste that, when spilled through the pipes, ends up affecting water systems and reaches water sources, thus affecting ecosystems.

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Because natural paints use raw material, they are biodegradable. In addition, they are not dangerous for human health, so they are even better. 

On the other hand, eco-friendly paints are long-lasting, easy to apply, and odorless. Although you can find them in the market, today we are going to tell you three ways to make ecological paint from the comfort of your home.

Starch Paint

You need:

  • 150 grams of potatoes or rice
  • Cast
  • Pigment of the color you want
  • Water

Cook the potatoes or rice and puree them, this will be the binder. Add 400 ml of boiling water and mix until smooth. Then filter it with a cotton cloth. Also, dilute the plaster and pigment in cold water and then pour it into the previous mixture. Pour the final mixture into a container that you can close. You can use this paint for wood, cardboard and interior walls.

Oil Paint

You need:

  • Linseed oil
  • Pigments of the color you want

This mix is the simplest of all. You should only mix the flaxseed oil with the pigments until it is completely diluted. While we recommend using flaxseed oil, you can even use cooking oil. The important thing is that you use everything and do not let these materials go to waste. Store them in a place at room temperature and well sealed. This paint is especially useful for painting on wood. If you are going to paint a wood that will be outside, we recommend sealing it with wax.

Lime Paint

You need:

  • 3 kilos of hydrated lime
  • 250 ml of powdered milk with water
  • Pigments of the color you want

You just have to mix all the ingredients very well until you create a homogeneous consistency. Store in a sealable container and in a place free from moisture. You can use this paint for rustic exteriors and interiors.