Earth Paint Review and Art with Multiple Ages

We know you will love Earth Paint as much as we do. So please don’t miss the giveaway at the end!

We love a new way to enjoy art. And that we found with Earth Paints: eco-friendly paint kits! Not only that, our afternoon with Earth Paints was one of sheer delight. I saw smiles and heard gasps from my little ones, middle one and my teenagers. On our painting afternoon, we had a field trip. We loaded up our supplies, our new Earth Paints, and we headed over to Nana’s – to paint outside on her new screened porch!

I think that my ‘students’ came to PAINT that afternoon! We had new, wonderfully colorful paints to use and a brand new way to use them. The paints were easy to use and all were thrilled with the range of deep, natural colors! ~ Nana

Natural ingredients

First of all, I was quite taken with the story of earth paints. Creator and artist Leah Mebane had been experiencing headaches using conventional artistic media. This led her to develop natural pigments and paints from the earth. We surely know about allergies and environmental factors around here. What a blessing to use a completely natural medium. And to read about and learn how each color was developed. You can find even more here:

Rich colors

There’s just something about the deep and true colors of God’s creation. That’s what we found in Earth Paints. We literally ooohed and aaahed over the colors.

Easy to mix up

The Earth Paints kit comes with the little cups pictured. All we did was add a little water – in no certain measurement. Just enough until it looked good to us. Nana is helping mix up the green in the photo above. Stir, stir, stir. And get all excited about what you are going to make! Plus, just a small amount of powder makes plenty for all of us. We still have powder in our packets to look forward to more afternoons of fun!

Such fun to use

If we hadn’t had fun already just mixing, next it was time to use our paints! We were concerned that the paint might feel sandy or chalky – simply because that is how it looked when we stirred up our colors. Not so. When you dip your finger into a color and spread that richness over a canvas, it is smooth and appealing.

Our project – If It’s Not Messy It’s Not Fun

We decided to try a brand new project with our Earth Paints. I had seen this absolutely adorable project on Pinterest called Messy Masterpiece. Many thanks to the blog *Explanation Required* for the idea. We ran with it!

For our project you will need:

  • 11×14 canvas
  • stick on letters
  • Earth Paints

Using office supply store stick-on letters, we placed our letters on a canvas. I let each child come up with their very own saying. I suggested they might want to choose something that is a favorite for them personally.

A life verse, a favorite line from a hymn or song. Each child decided his or her own project. Plus, using stickers is a great small motor skill for little ones.

So, after the letters were added, next came the paint. Can you see the smiles, the freedom, the fun? You remember the sheer joy of finger paints, right? Of course, you don’t have to put your fingers in the paint. Feel free to use a paintbrush. But we had a “you can do whatever you want to, honey” sort of afternoon. Here are a few reactions from the children while they painted:

This is fun! Brilliant! Oh so smooth…earth colors…

Tips

We spread newspaper over our table for simple clean up. And so that the children felt free to do what they would like without worry of staining our work surface (we were at Nana’s house). But even when we did get a few little drops on the table, the paints were easy to wipe up. We also kept little, plastic cups full of water close by for easy rinsing between colors.

Beautiful Results

We had originally intended to peel off the letters and leave white space. But we found that we liked the dark letters. With no specific guidelines, we had individual results. Plus it was just such fun to go to Nana’s house and paint outside on her porch!

Earth Paints Are For All Ages

Above are our results! 1. by Four-year-old | 2. By six-year-old | 3. by 15-year-old | 4. by 13-year-old | 5. by 10-year-old | 6. by Hodgepodgemom (as a side note, Nana ended up doing one of these herself on another day. She spelled out all the street names where she has either lived or worked. What a keepsake. And she hung her finished picture on her porch!)

I give this paint 10 stars because that is the highest review! ~ 13-year-old

We still have each of our canvases propped around our family room because we just love to look at them. I’m thinking that each of these would be great to hang over each child’s bed. Or as a group somewhere in the family room.

Easy Clean Up!

(And you know how we don’t mind a mess). You don’t have to worry about rinsing anything down the drain. It’s all natural. And it doesn’t stain hands. So paint away!

Earth Paints is eco-friendly natural paint…The naturally colored clay was collected from the ground, dried, crushed and sifted into pure pigment.

We look forward to many more Earth Paint afternoons!

You can find Earth Paints on their website NaturalEarthPaint.com and follow them via their Facebook page.

Now for the Giveaway and Special Discount Code!

Another chance to win! I am teaming up with Barb-Harmony Art Mom on this review and giveaway! We are each running a Rafflecopter giveaway for a Children’s Earth Paint Kit – Petite. This paint kit is valued at $19.95. Enter once on my blog and then click over and enter to win on Barb’s Harmony-Art Mom blog too! While you are there, read her wonderful review and see the completely different art project done with Earth Paints and her art co-op.

For all of you who would like to purchase your own set of Earth Paints, we have a special discount code that will give you $5.00 off any kit you purchase from www.naturalearthpaint.com.

Special Code: earthart

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A big thanks to Leah for the privilege of a review! I know that all my readers would enjoy Earth Paint as much as we do.

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children – preschoolers to high schoolers. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.

Comments

  1. I love these! I think I am interested most to see how they work being that they are natural pigments. I don’t understand why more products aren’t. Certainly, the earth provides us with colors just as amazing! Also they look easy to use, fun to mix and able to be applied to various materials. Some paints can only go on certain papers, etc. They look pretty versatile! Thanks for hosting this.
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  2. I have heard about these paints! I would love to try them out since everyone seems to love them. The colors are wonderful!
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  3. Jackie Betancourt says:

    Crafts have not been an easy thing for me, but these paints look easy and fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful thing…painting with a part of God’s own masterpiece.

  5. I think just using the paints would be great. I love art, but I really struggle with the mess and the randomness of my children. My children need art and you’re blog is really helping me to embrace the mess and just enjoy the project.

  6. These paints look amazing. The project with finger paints reminds me I haven’t gotten messy in fingerprints in way too long.

  7. These look terrific! I love the paints but also the project idea. I think we would especially enjoy the beauty of all the earth tones.

  8. This is really neat. Although I’m entering the contest, I’m hard pressed not to just go ahead and order a kit myself! I love the project you did.
    Karin
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  9. I just think that the colors are beautiful, and as soon as the kids and I get a hold of a beautiful supply, we want to use it :-)

  10. I would just love to have some beautiful bright, vibrant paint for my girl’s to do art with. I think I would most look forward to the colours and watching them enjoy and be artistic with the paint!

  11. I’m looking forward to using such natural colours in our Faith & Art lessons.

  12. I love the colors, and I know my children would love to do the project. I’m going to tell my mil about them too. She works in children’s church and they are always on the look for projects.

    Blessings,
    Melinda

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  13. RuthAnn Pickett says:

    Wow! I love this project and the paint looks so fun! I would love to do this with my 7 year old son and my Sunday school class!

  14. Abbey Lehman says:

    My son is putting together kits for Christmas gifts this year using seeds, potting soil, & terra cotta pots and is planning to decorate each pot individually for the recipient. These paints would fit his theme perfectly! I know he would love to get them!

  15. Danielle Hull says:

    I like that they’re safe for my kids to use! Thanks!

  16. This looks like it was such great fun! It seems like a great paint to use for homeschooling and I love how you used it!!!!
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  17. These look amazing! I love that you can experiment with the amount of paint and water mixture to get the desired pigment. My girls love to paint so these are definitely on our wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  18. We love experimenting with new art media!

  19. I’ve never used these. Would love win these to give them a try. Thanks for organizing.

  20. I would love to put a little more art in our homeschool and this looks like such a high quality product! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. I would love to try these paints. I think my kids will enjoy mixing and experimenting with them.

  22. I am looking forward to the art and memories we will create! :)

  23. I love the signs you made–my kids would enjoy that. And the colors look fun to work with. Thank you for the possibilities.

  24. I love the signs you made–my kids would enjoy that. And the colors look fun to work with.

  25. LennyAnn Bishop says:

    What a fun idea! I love the earthy colors! Are these only sold online? I live close to Ashland.

  26. I just LOVE your precious art creations! Beautiful and full of meaning. I was just planning on ordering some powdered tempera paint so this offer is perfect timing. I love the earthy hues!

  27. Love that they are all-natural!

  28. I think, what I really like best about these is that they are made of natural ingredients. Increasingly, we find news stories of poisonings and such from chemicals in certain ‘child safe’ products that were originally found to be ‘safe’. It’s important to my family that we keep to God’s creation as much as we can!

  29. This would be awesome! Espcially since we are making our own paints from chalk in our ancients study!
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  30. These look great! I love the watercolor look to them because watercolors are our favorite medium! I look forward to the great tones and the environmentally-friendly pigments.
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  31. Oh, my goodness! These look like SO much fun!
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  32. As a home school mom I loe items that encourage creativity.

  33. I love the colors! These look like so much fun!

  34. I keep our paints and watercolors out – my kids absolutely love that. This would help make our paints safe and easy for them…that’s what I’m looking forward to – They look fabulous!
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  35. Love it! Putting this on my to do list for my art coop!

  36. I would love to try these out! Looks so easy and the colors are very natural.

  37. These look fabulous. I love that they are natural, without that strong chemical smell.

  38. Well, I would love the paints because I wanna make the wall hangings that you did. Such rich colors, easy clean up, rich colors . . . did I mention the colors and I love that it is from clay! This granola girl likes that!
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  39. In college, I took a class where we painted only with dirt. The teacher was a “dirt painter” and her husband, a geologist, collected dirt for her from all over the world. I can’t wait to introduce my kids to Earth Paint!

  40. This is awesome! I would love to try these out and make these beautiful project with my kids without being concerned about the paint. An all natural paint is such a blessing. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  41. I love that they’re easy to clean up!
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  42. Safe ingredients!!! I recently used regular finger paints with my daughter and that smell did not seem natural at all!!!
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