Complete ecological oil paint set with 10 colours

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A great oilpaint starterset for artists who wants to start working with natural paint

These naturally non-toxic paints create the most archival, UV resistant, durable and radiant paints available today.

The base of the unique, durable and high quality paint is formed with mineral pigments and earth. Paint like the old masters used it. 
Artists who work with Natural Earth Oil Paint state that they are beyond happy with this honest, non-toxic paint. A lot of artists have switched to natural paint and supplies considering the high toxicity of most standard products.

Discover the fascinating process of how you can easily can make your own colors with only the pigment powder and walnutoil. Natural Earth Oil Paint is a beautiful product because it is 100% natural, true to color, economic and durable in use. It contributes to a healthier climate in your workshop.

This kit contains:

  • Ten natural earth & mineral pigments in 56 gr. pockets (makes ca. 60 ml oilpaint per color): venetian red, orange ochre, yellow ochre, terre verte, ultramarine blue, ultramarine purple, black ochre, burnt sienna, titanium white rutile and burnt umber. Packaged in biodegradable plastic bags.*
  • ca. 120 ml of refined walnut oil.
  • ca. 120 ml of Eco-Solve: non-toxic and plant-based paint thinner/brush cleaner.
  • Eco Oil Painting Guide & Mixing Instructions

Everything is packed in a 100% recycled gift box
Note: the oil and eco-solve in this startersset is enough to make paint in all colors for ca. 1-2 painting sessions. To make paint of the complete amount of pigments available in the kit, you need an additional amount of oil and eco-solve.

This kit includes top-quality pigments, sustainably harvested from around the world. Each pigment has been carefully grind to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to each pigment. They provide a texture, radiance, and subtlety of color that synthetic pigments simply can't equal. These paints are free of fillers, additives, synthetic preservatives, toxins, petroleum-based pigments and heavy metals. Simply mix pigments with walnut oil with a palette knife. For more thorough mixing, finish with a glass muller.

* Additional colors not included in this kit are: Brilliant Yellow, Emerald Green, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Violet Ocher, Mayan Red, Mayan Turquoise, Mummy Red and Natural Gold Mica. You can buy these separately.


Q: Can the paint be mixed and stored in small glass jars with screw on lids?
A: Yes, absolutely, or even better, store them in aluminum tubes. I wrote a blog post about exactly that topic on our website.
Q: How long do the oil paints take to dry on canvas.
A: The mixed oil paint does take 3-8 days to dry depending on your humidity level. To speed that up you can use some M.Graham Walnut Alkyd Medium - although I can't attest to whether it is non-toxic. Some say it has metallic driers in it but I don't personally know. Some add egg yolk to their oil paint to speed it up. Some add a tiny touch of umber pigment to their colors (burnt or raw) which greatly decreases dry time. 
Q: Can I mix the pigment colors together? What is the best way to create color combos?
A: Yes, you can absolutely mix pigment colors together. We recommend you add the walnut oil to each pigment individually and then combine colors once the oil paint is made. Mixing dry pigments is possible, but it would require a mixer/blender to ensure the pigment colors are evenly distributed and this would create a lot of dust. It's also hard to know the correct ratio of dry pigments to use if you are hoping to achieve a particular custom color.
Q: What is the ratio of pigment to oil when mixing oil paint? 
A: Unfortunately every color has a completely different oil : pigment ratio because each color absorbs moisture differently and each pigment has a different molecular structure, size, density, drying time, etc. You simply pour the pigment onto the palette and add small amounts of oil at a time and mix until it makes a smooth, thick paste. You can use a glass dropper to add drops at a time. 
Q: How much paint does 1LB of the pigment make and how much walnut oil is needed for 1LB?
A: Predicting amounts needed is very hard because each color pigment behaves very differently. Some absorb alot of oil, some absorb a little oil, some make a lot of paint when mixed with a certain amount and some make much less paint when mixed with the same amount. One very very general estimate would be that 1 lb. of pigment might make around 4-5 small/medium tubes of oil paint. For walnut oil, it's the same predicament. But if you run out of walnut oil you can always go to a health food store and get organic, refined walnut oil (make sure there's no preservatives or any other ingredient in it).
Q: How much paint does the pigment yield?
A: Yes, every natural pigment is completely unique - each one has a different molecular structure, chemical composition, absorbs different amounts of oil or liquid, creates different yields of paint, covers a different amount of area, is opaque or transparent, etc. They are all very different so there's no way to give an exact answer to your question or mixing formula unfortunately. A general guideline though is that 3 oz. of pigment + one 4 oz. bottle of walnut oil will make about a medium sized tube of oil paint. For mixing you simply pour the powder on a hard surface and drizzle on the oil and start mixing with the palette knife. If you need more oil, you add more oil, until you get a thick paste.
Q: Even though I thoroughly mix the pigment with the walnut oil, the paint comes out grainy and has a very matte finish unlike store bought oil paints which are more luminous. Would you suggest using more oil or more solvent? Does the glass muller really make a difference? Let me know if there are any tips and tricks i'm missing!
A: We're sorry you're having trouble with the pigments. No, the muller isn't absolutely necessary - the pallet knife should work fine but if you continue to have issues I would give the muller a try as well. The only complaint we've gotten before on graininess was the titanium dioxide rutile which does take quite a bit of mixing to get smooth. Each color comes out either glossy or matte depending on it's chemical properties similar to conventional oil paint. These are natural pigments so they are all very different in properties, drying rate, oil absorption, texture, weight, etc. I would suggest using a touch more oil and really mash it with the knife, swirl, scoop, mash again, etc. . The solvent should only be added after the paint is fully mixed with the oil. Also, if you want an overall glossy sheen to finished dry paintings, you can brush on a coat of our Natural Varnish to make it all glossy. Hope that helps.
Q: Can you mix pigment with just water?
A: Our children's natural earth paints can be mixed directly with water and then used as is, since they already contain a binder. But if you mix pure pigment with just water, when it dries it will powder off and not continue to adhere.
 It needs some sort of binder to adhere to a surface. Check our Resources section for lots of paint recipes. 
Q: When I put it in the tube it was quite thick. But when I squeezed some out to use it a couple of days later, what first came out was extremely thin. Can you tell me why it would have separated? Did I not mix it together forcefully enough?
A: It may have been because it wasn't mixed well enough, although some pigments tend to separate easier than others. Commercially tubed oil paints have a toxic additive mixed in which eliminates any separation of oil and pigment but it also detracts from the luminosity of the pure pigment and oil mix and adds toxins. All natural pigments have different chemical compositions, absorption rates, drying rates, particle size, etc. so they behave differently. For example mixed Burnt Umber will dry many times faster than titanium white. You can also try putting your paints in a tiny glass jar as well and put a dab of clove oil on the inside of the lid to prevent drying out. There's a blog post about this on our website.
Q: I am planning on ordering "The Complete Eco-friendly Artists Oil Paint Kit".  I was wondering whether it will be possible to replace one of the 10 colors namely "burnt umber" with either "mayan turquoise" or "emerald green" or mayan red". Please let me know.
A: Unfortunately we can't substitute colors in the Complete Oil Paint kit because of the large price difference in pigment colors.
Q: Why does the oil paint take so long to dry?
Walnut oil dries slow and can dry to the touch between 4-8 days depending on the humidity of your area, the type of pigment used and how thickly it was applied. You can speed the drying time greatly by adding M.Graham's Walnut Alkyd Medium however I cannot atest to if that product is non-toxic or not.  
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