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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: EcoGreen Crafts (day 2

Reported by Rachel Johnson

The tag line for the Eco Green Crafts company is “Where creativity come naturally,” and they take their commitment to the earth seriously. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the company is committed to using reclaimed and recycled materials whenever possible and to providing safe, sustainable products. Their complete line of eco-friendly art and craft products launched in January 2010, at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show. The company’s mission is to make products that are harmless to consumers, manufacturing workers, and the environment.

For this review, I was sent a large selection of Eco Green Crafts’ products. I received 15 tubes of their Eco-Friendly Acrylic Paints, three “Paris Trunk” Eco-Friendly Dye Based Artists Ink Pads, a bottle of their All-Purpose, Plant-Based Green Glue, a selection of their “Glass Glintz” Recycled Glass Embellishments, and a very cool Board Book for Dimensional Art which is made from recycled paper. All of Eco Green Crafts’ paint, ink, and glue products are non-toxic, have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and are made without solvents or chemicals.
I was very excited to try Eco Green Crafts’ non-toxic paints. I received my bachelors degree in painting in 2003 and have always been worried about the toxicity of traditional oil and acrylic paints. Long-term, career exposure to dangerous paint fumes can have serious health consequences. I have not been painting as much as I once did (I use a computer for much of my artwork these days), but having access to safer paints has inspired me to take up my brush again!
First, I just did a quick test of all the paint and ink colors on black and white paper. The paint has a much thinner consistency than other acrylic paints I’ve worked with, and the colors are slightly more subtle and subdued. However, they went on smoothly and opaquely, even on black. The paint dries very quickly, but is easily cleaned from brushes and surfaces with water while still wet. And, even when dry, the paint washed off of my skin very easily with just regular soap and water – that is a huge plus!
The paint colors on my test sheets are in the following order. First row paints: Stormy, Blue Sky, New Grass, Lime, Clam Shell, Sand, Melon, Orchid, Coral, Mulch. Second row metallic paints: Pure Copper, Bronze, Aged Gold, Pure Gold, Pure Silver. Third row ink pads: Amethyst, Parchment, Indian Sapphire, with assorted “Glass Glintz” displayed on the right.
As you can see, the paint colors are beautiful on both the black and white surface, but the ink from the “Paris Trunk” ink pads only worked on the white paper. I did not expect the ink to work on the black, as it is dye-based and meant for porous surfaces, but I just wanted to try it out.
Once I was done testing, I dived right into the Board Book. I painted the entire cover with the Lime and Coral colors, and accented the edges with the darker New Grass green. My intention is for the Board Book to become a scrapbook/art journal about my experience living in New York, so I used my own Doodlebug glitter chipboard letters to spell that out on the front cover. I emphasized the edges of the letters with the Stormy blue paint. Then, I added some of my own ribbon and clippings from some of my favorite museum guides as decorative embellishments. I used the Green Glue to attach all of the elements, even the Glass Glintz, and everything is holding on securely.
I am definitely not done with the Board book — I can’t wait to fill the inside pages — but I am happy with its progress so far. Although they have a very matte finish when dry, the lime and coral paint colors turned out nice and bright, even next to the neon ribbon I added.
I also used the Eco Green Crafts paints to create an Artist Trading Card in honor of Earth Day. I used many of the different paint colors on the ATC, layering them to create depth. I used the Pure Silver color around the earth and I love how shimmery it is!
Overall, I am really impressed with all of the Eco Green Products, especially the paint. When you think of earth-friendly paint you usually only think of muted, earthy colors, but these paints were bright and fun! Plus they were easy to use and easy to clean up.
You can learn more about Eco Green Crafts and find some great craft projects on their blog.
Pros:
  • Earth-friendly, recycled, and non-toxic products!
  • Safe for kids (and adults, of course).
  • Wide-range of craft products available in the Eco Green Crafts line.
  • The paints are bright, opaque, and fast drying.
  • The metallic paint colors are brilliantly shimmery.
  • The Green Glue dries quickly and holds very securely.
Cons:
  • This may also be a pro, but the paints are very thin in consistency compared to traditional acrylic paint. They can run, drip and be messy.
  • In general, the paint colors do not create extremely bright colors when mixed.
Have you tried any of Eco Green Crafts other craft projects? Have you tried other non-toxic, earth friendly paints? How do you feel they compare to traditional acrylic and oil paints?

GIVEAWAY!
EcoGreen Crafts is giving two of our readers 10 assorted colors of their Eco-Friendly Acrylic Paint! Leave a comment on this post and tell us what you do to make your crafts eco-friendly! One comment per person, per “Vendor Spotlight: EcoGreen Crafts” article, please. Winners will be selected on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

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98 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: EcoGreen Crafts (day 2

  1. arbywytz April 20, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    I heard about this new venture and am delighted to read your review. I’m looking forward to trying their products myself as I am concerned about my exposure to toxic chemicals as well as what it does to the environment.

    In my own crafting, I try to recycle where possible — I use packaging materials for example. I also do my best to use paper scraps rather than just tossing them.

  2. JPScraps April 20, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I try to use the packaging in my crafting and everywhere else. Cutting down cereal boxes turns them into great drawer organizers :)

  3. lozva April 20, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    great review. I wouldn’t say i am a big Eco person i try to re use where i can and recycle as well. so in my crafting room i have a draw where i put any packaging i like and odd ends of paper and card. i try to use them where i can. i hate throwing things away that can be re-used.
    thanks for the chance to win goodies.
    x x x

  4. luluvision April 20, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    what a great review! I’m so excited that enviromentally friendly craft products are coming out! I hope to see more and more!

    I try to recycle as much as possible and upcycle as well. I’ve been re-using the ton of receiving blankets I got as a gift when my daughter was born and turning them into ornaments and stuffies and embroidering on them. I would normally give away any of my daughter’s outgrown clothes but new parents always receive these blankets as gifts so didn’t think anyone would need these old ones!

  5. connie April 20, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I have never thought about my products being toxic. I try and use my packaging in my projects or LO’s.

  6. kadhy April 20, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    recycling, print on bio-cotton-shirts, use eco-friendly color.

  7. Tammy B April 20, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    thanks for reviewing this new line, it’s nice to get some feedback on a new line before shelling out hard earned cash to buy. while we do reuse and repurpose things while crafting, i think my biggest eco friendly crafting secret is to purge and give the items to my daughter’s classrooms.

  8. ScrappinCntryGrl April 20, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I try to recycle anything i can from cans, boxes, clothes, to plastic…and even my paper scraps..hence “scrap”booking

  9. Trish April 20, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Great Review – I try and reuse items as much as possible. This includes using clothing in quilts as well. I’m looking forward to trying this new line of paints!

  10. Melanie April 20, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I keep and use scraps of paper, I use packaging to make book covers or ‘chipboard’ embellies, I also will only buy something that has multiple uses … not just one specialized use.
    I so want to try these paints out!

  11. Kirsten April 20, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I try to use all my scraps from a project instead of putting it in the scrap bin. But if that fails, I donate my scraps to schools. The kids love all the little bits & pieces!

    Would love to win this product line!

  12. RAP April 20, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I’m entering for my 12 y.o. daughter. She would love these as she’s very environmentally conscience. When she crafts she loves to use recycled things. She saves all sorts of things and repurposes them for use in crafts that come from her imagination.

  13. Elaine A April 20, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Great article. The EcoGreen product line looks very promising. As an artist herself, Julia Andrus, knows what an artist is looking for in terms of supplies and useability. It sounds like she has a hit on her hands!
    I recyle packing to use in my art, even used coffee cups get recyled for holding water when painting, sometimes I cut them up and turn them into minibooks or embellishments. I use all my paper scraps to make mosaics or small die cuts.

    Elaine Allen

  14. Patchi April 20, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I use all the maps, tickets & other random bits I get handed at outings in my LOs instead of dumping them in the trash bin after the outing.

    See one here:
    http://loandread.blogspot.com/2010/02/destination-st-michaels.html
    And a Sea World LO will be uploaded soon…

  15. rudie2shoes April 20, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Earth day is April 22??!?! :-) I like to repurpose old wrapping paper & ribbons from gifts I’ve received for other projects (card making or scrapbooking or even wrapping another gift in it). I don’t like to waste. I had tons of scrap pieces that I know I will eventually use. It’s fun this way!

  16. MK Like April 20, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I use cardboard boxes and packaging in making “books”. It’s fun and economical and saves things from the dumpster.

  17. Tessa Buys April 20, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I’m so happy to hear about this company :). I reuse packaging, boxes, and containers and try to use up all of my scraps of paper so that they aren’t just thrown out.

  18. Nanc April 20, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Everything gets recycled to make art at my house. I am taking a class right now where we are reusing all the window envelopes and junk mail in journals. So fun to reuse.

  19. patricia April 20, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I love that there are more choices on the market for those of us that are trying to be more eco-friendly. I use all kinds of recycled materials for my art and for storeage options. I’ve been turning boxes inside out and cutting them down to reuse for years. Then I was called cheap or frugal, now I’m “green.” :)

  20. Jennifer Moore April 20, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I try to reuse packaging. They can make neat alterables.

  21. StampinCathy April 20, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I like to reuse bubble wrap to put on front of cards when mailing to protect the front of the card. I like to reuse tags from clothes to alter them for craft projects. Thanks for a chance.

  22. Melinda AKA medialady April 20, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I am a “saver”. I keep packaging from all my crafts so I can reuse them.

  23. Tamara April 20, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    I try to reuse as much stuff as possible. I love doing mixed media canvases that have pieces of tickets or packaging from other items.

  24. Rebecca April 20, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    I like to think that I’m eco friendly by using absolutely EVERY scrap of paper I have and not letting any paper go to garbage or into the recycling bin!

  25. strtwze April 20, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Like a lot of the other posters, I do a lot of recycling. Old cardboard, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, packaging, etc. It’s a lot of fun to see what use I can come up with!

  26. Donna April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I love to be earth friendly and try to use anything that I can to make something from. Love to use spinach packages to wrap gifts with!

  27. Jingle April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I often use recycled materials in my projects! I stuff my dolls with plastic bags, I use re-purposed fabrics, and I keep and use my scraps!

  28. TrinaCouncil April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    These products look great! What I do to make my crafts more eco-friendly is I save many of my baby food jars and salsa jars to store buttons, ribbons, and notions in. It’s easy and convenient! Especially since I almost never throw my scraps away!

  29. Leslie Kiley April 20, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I LOVE the idea of doing what I love best and not hurting the world for it. Both my daughter (who is in art school ) and I would love to try these out. We create art every day . This would be awesome.

  30. Jan Castle April 20, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Sounds like a really good way to go…I recycle my cards and my scraps by giving them to a lady in our church and she in turn changes them if necessary and sends them to shut-ins. I also like to use my Christmas cards by shredding and making in cards with Faux Quilting and Paper Weaving techniques. Pizza boxes hold my stamps, and I always use packaging materials in my art work.
    Jan

  31. Jan S ivybutterfly AT sbcglobal.net April 20, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I recycle a lot of things for crafts and share with pals as well (can and bottles etc)
    I pick up more stuff off the ground outside than a child! lol
    I love that companies are going greener now. Our children might have a fighting chance not to be poluted out of the world.

  32. Linda April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Thank you for the great review. I really like the paint colors.

    I recycle all sorts of packaging materials in my crafting and only throw away the very tiny paper scraps.

  33. christy sheffield April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    i’m very big on reusing everyting, from scraps to packaging.

  34. Anary April 20, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    make pretty painting for my bedroom..that i am just getting done!!

  35. April April 20, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    I reuse and recycle a lot of items for crafting, but one of my favs is using old sweaters to make wool pants. Love it. What a great product! Thanks for sharing.

  36. Gwen April 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    What a fabulous bunch of goodies! I’ve been excited about their products since I started seeing pictures from CHA. In my own crafting, I try to re-use packaging in projects (acetate pages from stamps for clear mini albums, printed packaging for embellishments, etc…), I use cardboard and found items, I reuse a lot of stuff when I make jewelry and I use eco-friendly light bulbs in the lamps in my craft room.

  37. Queen Mary April 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    I too was delighted to learn about this company and the review(s) are extremely helpful to me! I am especially pleased with today’s review because I have been exploring some techniques that require me to water down my acrylic paints so these may be just what I’m looking for! Off to their blog to find out where I can get them!

  38. Kim April 20, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I think I’m like most crafters in that I never throw anything away and have several shoe boxes full of “finds” that I think could some day be embellishment worthy. I also have folders FULL of scraps from past projects. Strips as thin as a 1/4 inch of paper are saved…after all SOMEDAY a card is going to need a little border and that strip will be PERFECT! :)

  39. jude April 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    The products look fab can’t wait to try the paints!I reuse anything from bottle tops which i make flowers from ,to scraps paper ,ribbons of clothing,buttons i no longer need.Ireuse and afraid horder as they say waste not want not ,by recycling items saves money every penny counts when your a crafter!
    Good luck with new products
    judex:)

  40. TxScrapAddict April 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    I hoard embellishments and odd finds to use in my projects. I also like to upcycle product pacakaging!

  41. corinna April 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    I love the reviews you’ve done on this new company. I don’t use paint at all because of the smell. They just really bother me. So I am so excited to try these paints!!

    In my own crafting I use as much of our homes “waste” as possible to craft with. I LOVE all kinds of card board and chipboard packaging and containers are just my favorites. I just washed a “Tostitos” jar to make into a bath salt jar for our new bathroom. :-D

  42. Jenn April 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I use scraps, but when they are too small to be useful I toss them in the recycle bin.

  43. Tonya April 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Great review! Love seeing EcoGreen’s different products!Thanks for the opportunity to win some paints!

  44. Made.By.Jess April 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I try and do everything i can to craft green. I save everything..food boxes, cans, clothes, junk mail..EVERYTHING. I try and reuse as much as I can. I have been actually thinking about asking people to donate the used things thy have to me so I can start a kids craft thing. I want to teach kids the joys of self expression, & it’s easier to use the things you have instead of just buying more and more (especially toxic)…

    sewcraftable@gmail.com
    -Jess

  45. cndymkr / jean April 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I love the colors. I’m glad you found them to be subtle, that’s important to me.

    When I do any type of crafting I look around the house to find little odds and ends and use them. I never considered it recycling, I just found it to be more personal.

  46. Laurie April 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I try to reuse my solvent as many times as possible, with separate baby food jars for light, medium and dark paint cleaning.
    I reuse canvases that I’m not happy with, and use as many ‘green’ products as possible’.

  47. Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. April 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Wow – what I cool product.
    I reuse packaging and save and use every scrap of fabric – or give it to my sister. And from time to time you can find “trash” in my art! ;)

  48. Erica Hettwer April 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I keep a recycling container in my scrap room and I like to use packaging on my projects.

  49. Angie in AZ April 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I would love a chance to try these products! I reuse and recycle many, many things in my home and studio. I love re-purposing items into my artwork whether it be in found objects, always looking at something for a new use, or using even styro-foam packing sheets as batting for my small art quilts! I get really creative finding new uses for items instead of throwing them out.

  50. La Vikinga April 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    The scraps that I don’t use I either give away or put in recycle bin!
    I also recycle using the Prima card behind the flowers instead of throwing them!

    La Vikinga

  51. Casandra April 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    This sounds like a great product. I never even considered acrylic paint as a way to craft consciously, but I do use plant based oriental watercolors quite often.I tend to use consumer goods to do my crafting, mostly because it only seems practical. Being a collector of “found objects” I try to incorporate old letters, magazine backgrounds, bottle caps, cardboard from boxes, and recycled paper in my art journals. Once I even made a doll with nylons and stuffed her with plastic bags, using left over fabric and lace to decorate her. I love to re-use other items like lids, disposable utensils, and foam from fresh food products as stamps and painting tools. Anything I can do to re-use makes me feel a little bit better about the trash that I do throw away.

  52. Susan April 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    One…I am a big recycler (even the pull off aluminum tops from coffee cans)

    and I try to use all the scraps of paper I can (much to the hubby’s chagrin)…I hate waste.
    Susan

  53. kkaisu April 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I reuse packaging, try to use all my paper bits – if not they go in a recycle container instead of the garbage. For storage I try to resue other containers or buy second hand. I have not given much thought to the toxicity of my inks and paints – I will be!

  54. Iris April 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    We recyle as much as possible at our house. And instead of buying storage containers for all my stamps and craft stuff, I use the rectangular containers that originally held organic salad mix. Also, I use both glass and clear plastic jars to hold all the little bits and pieces that I use for embellishing cards and scrapbook pages. Thanks for a chance to win. Iris Soscia

  55. amy Vittori April 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I save all my packaging and re-use in my craft room. I also try to open windows to keep area ventilated. these colors are fantastic. what an inspirations.

  56. Curlywiggles April 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    i first heard about this company in Scrapbook Trends & was interested to see the vast array of products they have on offer. As a paper crafter i am always concious of the amount of paper etc that i am using up! But i do try and recycle as much as i can, i love finding things i can re-use on my scrapbook pages from cupcake cases to corrugated cardboard, there’s a lot of interesting things you can up cycle on your pages when you are looking for them!

  57. Catherine April 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Many of my metalwork pieces are used with recycled silver.

  58. Kalyber April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    I never throw anything away. Even the smallest bits of paper will be saved for future projects. Inchie mosaics anyone?. Cereal boxes are the cheapest chip board around and used quite a bit at our house.

  59. Carolyn Sharkas April 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    well, I love these colors they are positively delicious! I look forward to trying them. I try to be eco friendly, recycle, use non toxic as much as possible.

    thanks,

    carolyn s

  60. Noblekatt April 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    into paper piecing right now, uses up all my scraps! I try not to buy new stuff until myscrap pile is gone!

  61. Su April 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I reuse glass and plastic packaging for storage in my craft room. I also check my other recyclables to see if they could be used in a craft before they go in the bin.

  62. Lori April 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Any extra papers that I have go into the kids’ bin. They can come up with pretty amazing stuff with my leftovers.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

  63. chinamomxtwo April 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Love the colors! I sure hope I win! :)
    I recycled purchased greeting cards given to me by others bu using punches to pick interesting colors, shapwes, pictures etc to add to tags or cards I make :)

  64. Lisa April 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Interesting review! I’m especially interesting in a non-toxic glue. To make my crafting more eco friendly I reuse packaging. I also collect and use a wide assortment of things that would normally be thrown away.

  65. ldfdesign April 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    i use my scraps, i save packaging to make altered items from them. i save and reuse as much as i can. i can’t wait to try eco friendly crafting products!!!! thanks for the chance to win!

  66. Cat April 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I would love to win an assortment of these bright, fabulous eco friendly paints! So much fun!

    Thanks,

    Cat

  67. Artful Hands April 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    I use every BIT of paper in any way I can so I have NO waste.

  68. MA April 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Love the video tuts on these Eco Green products..Amen to Julia Andrus.
    Can’t wait to try these- Thanks for all your hard work at the Critique.

  69. carpediem April 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    Thanks for the review! I try to recycle as much as possible by saving all of my scraps, different types of packaging material and fabrics from old clothing! laura j

  70. Ann April 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m thrilled to hear about this product line. I use no VOC paint when painting our house, so why not when crafting too? I like to reuse and recycle as much as I can. One idea: I use the foil inner liner from yogurt containers for punched flowers. It shapes really well and looks beautiful!

  71. Funky Finds April 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    I incorporate A LOT of upcycled / recycled elements in my scrapbooking. If a magazine has subscription cards, I make punch outs of them.

  72. My paper pleasure April 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    I teach crafts in Sunday School in my church, kids are our future, if we protect our world for our children, they have a better place to live. I will go over to the blog and to study more how this product can teach our children about saving the globe. That is a part of our job and their job to start NOW. I will introduce to the parents and let them explore. Thanks for a chance to win such a wonderful product.

  73. Cheryl April 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Wonderful products! I try to use reuse or recyle items as much as possible.

  74. Sequana April 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Three words…..recycle, recycle, recycle.

    I hardly toss anything anymore. It would be very nice to have eco-friendly paints.

  75. Lindsey April 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    These acrylic paints look great! I haven’t been using acrylics much lately, as I wasn’t sure how “friendly” they were. So these would be awesome to have!

  76. reader April 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I try to upcycle and reuse in crafting as much packaging and junk mail as I possibly can. The amount of those kinds of items that I use in projects is much greater than the amount of commercial craft supplies. I also do a lot of painting in my projects, and I really had not been aware previously that acrylic paints have so many potentially toxic ingredients. I’m very interested in the Eco Green products and I hope they find wide distribution.

  77. Anonymous April 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    I love the idea eco friendly products,as we recycle everything from bottles,cans,veg etable peelings,I use all my card making products go as far as I can,I keep all small pieces of paper to use with my punches.I would love to win the eco green paints
    Jocelan P

  78. pescbrico April 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    Thanks for the review it was really interesting. I don’t think I will ever be able to buy that here but always good to know it does exist!

  79. Rachel April 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Thank you for this review; I’ve been curious about this range but really can’t afford to splash out on something I don’t know much about. I think I’ll definitely buy a couple of colours and give them a go.

  80. Ann April 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    I try to reuse most of the packaging my crafts come in. I use the cellophane bags as craft mats, and the hard plastic shells as paint pallets.

  81. Rebecca Ednie April 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I recycle all my tiny scraps, saving all the rest. I save acetate clam shell packaging as paint pots or water containers for washing my brushes.

  82. Elaine April 21, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    Wow! That paint though thin, looks quite impressive with the opaque coverage! I hope I’ll be able to find these when I need them for a project! :) I recycle a lot in my crafting and try to make things work for multiple purposes. I re-use interesting boxes to make my own templates and even find ways to make flower embellishments with tissue paper from the store’s wrapping!

  83. kathy s April 21, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    I too used to paint but have not used my paints in a long time partly because of the hazards so these paints would be a welcome change. the other items look fbulous too- I try to reuse,recycle and repurpose as much as I can in my household especially my craft work using packaging and wrappings as much as possible in one way or another and I also cut up old clothes to make other items and try to use natural products as much as possible

  84. Cara April 21, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Love the earth friendly colors!!

  85. Peggy April 21, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I am too excited about these paints! I’ve got to get them and then figure out how to dispose of all the other ones… maybe I’ll just use them all up and be done with it, hate to waste it… but hate to use them too.. what a dilema. Would sure love to win them that would ROCK!
    Peggy C
    http://www.createwithbubbe.blogspot.com

  86. Lanie April 21, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    I give my “mess ups” to my kids for their art projects.

  87. Janette April 21, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    What a great and innovative company. I try to use my scraps as much as possible, as well as use product packaging.

  88. Megan April 21, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    I already left my giveaway comment on the previous article (crafting with packaging from daily use, individually wrapped items [tea and allergy meds]), but I just had to comment again to thank you for doing such a thorough test of these paints. The acrylic paints are what I’m particularly interested in from this company, and I’m glad to see that they produce a nice result. I actually like the fact that they can be a bit thin so I can achieve some translucent effects. I’ll definitely think about purchasing some of these once my craft budget opens up again. :)

  89. mja-tx April 21, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    I use things from my yard – press flowers, and plan to use sticks in future shadow boxes. I use grocery boxes to create books and storage. Used chopsticks for holding items and supporting items in shadow boxes. I have been saving magazine photos and junk mail photos for mail art.

  90. dazey April 21, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Great looking products! I try to use every last bit of my paper — either make an embellishment, use it for scratch paper, add a little something to a giftcard, etc. I also reuse the little shopping bags I sometimes get at boutiques. A little embellishment and they are new giftbags.

  91. coRinne not connie April 21, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    great review – thanks! i try in my little way to recycle – we have paper, bottle, tin recycling and composting going on. thanks for the chance to try these paints!

  92. Stampin Kimber April 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    Awesome review…..would love to try their paints!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!

    kimfletcher@shaw.ca

  93. shauna April 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I teach art to kids and we often go into the art closet and pull out all kinds of things we’ve collected including cardboard from cereal boxes etc., paper towel tubes, baby food jars, bubble wrap, well,you get the idea. We pull out paints, inks, etc. and they just go to town creating “recycled art”! They LOVE doing this! It’s so cool to see them use their imaginations and the variety that they come up with! I had read about these products a few months ago and am happy to see they are available. I appreciate that you showed the colors on black as well as white. I actually liked all the colors (except 1) better on black. The colors are subtly vibrant and look beautiful!

  94. Fourth Class Artwork April 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    I’d love to play with these. I hope I win.

  95. AmbreRose April 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Heck ya, that would be a lot of fun to play with. I don’t know if my tip is eco-friendly or its recycling. I reuse old jewelry and make new pieces out of all the old. I also wrap my jewelry in old maps. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  96. rush8888 April 22, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    i try to re-use or re-purpose items in my art. i don’t throw things away unless i am sure the life is gone. i recycle paper and other materials. i wish manufacturers would use more recyle-able packaging and cut down on the amount of packaging. it is a relief that someone in the craft business is thinking about toxicity – for the people who make stuff and for the people who use it. i hope that this company uses #1 or #2 plastic so that i could recycle them when the fun is over. i think this would be the most important, yet overlooked – use post-consumer waste in making the containers AND make sure to indicate the type of plastic so that it can be recycled. i can’t wait to try their products.

  97. iring April 22, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    I try to recycle as much as possible and save some packaging for crafting. I’m happy when my recycle bins fill up!

  98. Lisa July 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    I love to repurpose anything and everything I can. And using earth friendly products makes sense! I have only used Earth Safe Finishes Acrylic Paint which has No VOC’s too. Their paint is very thick, but can be thinned with water. It would be interesting to try these paints and these colors, hopefully I can real soon! Love the Earth!!!