I was fooled (like most people) by the term "Non-toxic" when buying paint for E. I never questioned the label, because how can companies get away with lying to the consumer- right? Well, turns out they can in several different ways.
Safety standards aren't very high when it comes to paint and other art supply ingredients. Many are petroleum based; contain lead (not regulated in art paint), formaldehyde, cadmium, and arsenic; and harmful dyes. These companies can get away with labeling non-toxic because some of the chemicals have never been tested for toxicity or some are deemed safe like the carcinogen formaldehyde.
Not only do these "non-toxic" paints contain harsh chemicals that can easily be absorbed into your child's skin, they can be toxic to wildlife. Most people wash their paint brushes off in the sink, which goes into our water supply and can harm fish and other animals.
This is why it's important to find natural paints that use food-grade ingredients.
I am always looking for new products for E, especially art products. She loves painting and drawing. I found GLOB on Zulily and had to try them out. GLOB is made from fruits, vegetables, flowers, and spices with natural food-grade ingredients and organic extracts. You just add water and you have amazing vibrant paint! You can choose whether you want watercolors or finger paints. They are all natural and biodegradable!
E got this cardboard house a couple of years ago and LOVES it. She decided to draw on it, before I had a chance to make it pretty. So it's been an eyesore. Our house is STILL on the market (15 months to be exact) so I decided it was time to make it pretty.
I got out our new GLOB packet of 6 colors (Ingredients: gum arabic, plant starch, natural colors (one or more of the following: fruit, vegetable, flower, and spice pigments), organic extracts and food-grade preservatives) and mixed them in some old baby food jars I kept for art projects. The purple and blue smell sooo good!!
6 VIBRANT BOTANICAL COLORS: Lemon Verbena, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Tangerine, Plum Purple and Basil Green
It took several layers of paint to cover the soy crayon, and E wanted to help, so it didn't turn out the way I really wanted. But, it looks much better than before! The door was falling in, so the border is tape. :)
The paint didn't stain the sheet on the floor, but I would recommend using a smock and non-organic clothing. For some reason natural paints seem to stain organic fabrics much easier than non.
GLOB paint also has brushes, pads, paint sets and kits, plantable greetings, jars, and storage. I can't wait to try more!
The GIVEAWAY: GLOB would like to give 1 lucky winner a packet of 6 colors!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST July 31, 2011 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US & Canada
How to Enter: Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: Follow me on Networked Blogs and tell me your favorite GLOB paint color. You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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3. Subscribe to my blog by email (on the right sidebar) You must verify and be active at the time of the giveaway- those who are unverified will become disqualified (3 entries)
4. Blog, Tweet, or send a message on FB and leave a link here (1 entry per day)
5. "Like" GLOB on Facebook
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7. Tell me where you can find GLOB near you
8. Tell me what you'd do with your GLOB if you won. Check out their fun ideas!
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disclaimer- I was sent GLOB products for free for review. This is no way changed my opinion on their products. These are only my results, opinions and thoughts.