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Friday, February 6, 2015

Getting Artsy with Natural Earth Paint {& Review}

I'm always on the hunt for natural & eco- friendly products to replace existing ones our family uses. As Ari gets older and I start thinking about the kinds of activities I want to do with her, I know that I want to include creative things including crafts, painting, etc (see my post on Curiosity Box Crafts here).  I've been on the hunt to see what products are out there that are safe & chemical- free for kids- especially since something like paint is going get on her skin (and probably go in her mouth!). I came across Natural Earth Paint a few months ago and was instantly excited. Their kid- friendly products are non- toxic, natural & chemical free, and eco- friendly (the packaging is biodegradable- even the plastic bags- are recyclable).

The company sent me the Petite Children's Earth Paint Kit  to try out and I couldn't wait to make an artsy mess with Ari. This kit contains 6 packets of powdered paint & mixing cups.


The paint powder contains 2 ingredients: natural earth pigments & organic milk protein; the company also offers a new vegan kit that contains earth pigments, corn starch & gum Arabic. Each kits contains 6 colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown. You can also purchase additional colours individually if you like (purple, white, black). 

Here's what the paint looks like:


I followed the instructions & mixed the paint powder 1:1 with water to achieve tempura- style paint, (you can add more water if you'd like watercolour- style paint). It took about 30 seconds- 1 minute to get each of the paints mixed (Tip: mix only as much as you need for one painting session; you can refrigerate leftovers for 4- 7 days).

The colours are beautiful & vibrant- especially considering there are no artificial dyes in them:

We started off giving Ari the cups to finger paint with and she LOVED it... especially when Will joined in!


Then we decided to give her some paintbrushes just for fun to see how that would go...
She decided two were better than one! ;)

 Ariana & Daddy enjoyed making a big mess...

... Then the photographer (Mom) became the canvas! (Added bonus: the paint wipes off skin really easily- perfect for when you're trying to wash little hands)


We enjoyed a fun afternoon as a family creating a big mess. And as predicted, Ari got paint- covered hands all over her face- and in her mouth!- and I didn't have to worry since the paints are non- toxic and natural. After trying out the paint I also appreciated how easy clean up is- simply rinse out the cups with warm water (no soap needed) or put the left over paint in the fridge to use for your next art session. However like most other paints it will stain clothes, so make sure you wear clothes you're not afraid to get messy & painted on. We still have plenty of paint left for several more artistic afternoons and since you can save leftovers it does go a long way. I would definitely recommend you try out Natural Earth Paint with your kids, especially if you've been looking for a natural, eco- friendly option. 

The company offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- such as egg- dying kits (feature & review coming soon!) and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.

To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & check out their products, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter. 

Product featured in this post:
Petite Children's Earth Paint Kit, $19.95 USD
Product Features:
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint

Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.





February posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting