Creating Eco Art: Tips to Becoming a More Eco-Friendly Artist
Want to channel your creative energy into making eco art projects? Art materials such as paint and solvents sometimes contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to the environment. While this cannot always be avoided, there are still a lot of ways you can lessen your environmental impact. After all, creating eco art is about being mindful of your resources. It means putting a lot of thought and effort to the actual process of creating art - from setting up your studio to the disposal of your waste. This system may seem tedious but it’s a highly fulfilling method for keeping our environment a little bit safer.
Below are a few eco art ideas and tips to follow to become a more eco-friendly artist. Read on:
1. Factor in your time of work.
Opt to work during the daytime so that you use natural instead of artificial lighting. You can also use energy-efficient LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs as it’s not always possible to work only when the sun is up. Aside from saving energy, LED lights will also save you a lot of money on electrical bills. It’s a win-win situation for you!
2. Create your eco art projects from recycled materials.
Sometimes, you just need to look around you to get the best eco art ideas. Create beautiful collages using old magazines and newspapers or restore and paint over old furniture and home items - the options for creating recycled art are endless. Remember, a little imagination goes a long way!
3. Recycle household items.
Aside from using recycled art materials, you can also use some of your household items as tools for painting. Turn glass jars or tin cans into paint brush holders or an old chopping board into a paint palette to avoid turning these reusable objects into waste.
4. Always be on the lookout for eco-friendly paint.
Oil-based paints are known to be more toxic than water-based paints as they contain VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), an organic chemical that easily evaporates into the air and are harmful to the environment and to humans. Consider using watercolor or acrylic paints over oil paints as your medium if you are aiming to go green. Remember to check the labels to make sure that your paints are non-toxic. If you prefer using oil paint, make sure to dispose of it properly.
5. Get the most out of your paints.
Don’t let your paints go to waste by putting too much on your palette. Use a small amount first as you can always squeeze out some more if you start running out.
6. Dispose of your paints and solvents properly.
Paints and solvents that contain highly toxic chemicals should be disposed of properly. Make sure to place these substances into a toxic chemical container to prevent leakage and bring them to any disposal center. Never pour your paint into a drain or on the ground as this can clog up your sink or release harmful chemicals into the environment.
We have much to gain from taking care of our environment and there’s no better time to start than now!