I'll usually be posting my daily ink drawings on Flickr and Instagram. Go to https://linktr.ee/michelecooperart and select the link you want.
How about it? Are you in? Here’s where to get more information if you’ve never done this before.
|For those who want the official daily prompts, here’s this year’s list.|
|Oct 1, 2018--Prompt is "Poisonous"|
The pigments used in all media, watercolor, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, etc. may contain toxic materials. Most, but not all, of the toxicity issues are associated with heavy, or toxic, metals such as copper, cobalt, cadmium, lead. Caroline Roberts has written a comprehensive article about toxicity in artists' pigments here.
These are some of Caroline's suggestions on how to handle your materials safely:
How to handle toxic paints safely
- Do not use the same containers for paints that you do for food or drink. Well, duh, but thought I'd put it in anyway.
- Do not put paint brushes in your mouth! Use a brush holder or a piece of kitchen towel.
- Wash hands thoroughly after each painting session.
- Even better, wear latex gloves whilst painting, or at least whilst using the toxic pigments. I hate wearing gloves but after researching this topic I will be wearing them. Simple as that.
- Wear a dust mask if you handle pigment powders. Make sure it's the right one and keep it clean!
- Do not have food in your studio and use covered drinks containers.
- Since we don't want heavy metals in our rivers either, wipe up paints with kitchen towel and dispose of in the trash, not down the drain.
- If you sand your paints at all (as an acrylic painter, yes I do) then wear a respiratory mask. Keeping the paint surface damp as you sand also keeps the dust down.
Author: Caroline Roberts