Sustainable art

Embracing Sustainability in Art

In the field of art, the discussion of sustainability has become increasingly important. Artists are switching to using eco-friendly materials to reduce their impact on the environment.

One crucial aspect is the choice of painting media and materials used. In this blog post, we'll examine the sustainability of watercolour, acrylic and oil painting, focusing on the canvas, watercolour paper and brushes involved in each medium.

Watercolour vs. Acrylic vs. Oil painting: A sustainability comparison

Watercolour Painting

Watercolour painting generally requires less waste of materials, as it uses water as a solvent, reducing the need for harmful chemicals. Watercolour paper is typically made from sustainable sources like cotton or recycled paper, making it an environmentally-friendly choice.

Additionally, watercolour brushes often use synthetic hairs, which are cruelty-free and more sustainable compared to natural bristle brushes.

Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting involves the use of a plastic-based medium, which raises concerns about its environmental impact. However, acrylic paints can be water-based, making them less toxic than oil paints.

Sustainability in acrylic painting depends on the choice of acrylic mediums and their disposal. Just like watercolour, synthetic brushes are a more sustainable option for acrylic painting.

Oil Painting

Oil painting, on the other hand, often involves the use of toxic solvents and mediums, making it the least sustainable option among the three.

The process of cleaning brushes and disposing of these chemicals can have negative effects on the environment. Oil painting also typically requires canvas made from non-renewable resources like cotton or polyester.



My Approach to Sustainable Art

As an artist working with natural ink, watercolour, and acrylic painting that is water-based, I am committed to using sustainable practices in my artwork. I opt for 100% cotton paper and canvas, which are biodegradable and eco-friendly. I also use synthetic brushes that mimic the texture and performance of natural bristle brushes without harming animals.

In my search for sustainable art, I embarked on the amazing journey of creating my own ink from vegetables, flowers, and other natural ingredients. Through experimentation, I discovered the potential of onion skins, red cabbage, flowers, berries, and various other elements as sources for my natural inks.

My art is a manifestation of my dedication to sustainability, from the materials I use to the packaging I provide. By choosing to support my artwork, you are investing in pieces that are not only visually captivating but also environmentally-conscious. 


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