Monday, August 03, 2009
"Fresh Perspective" - SOLD
Wow, I got a lot of great info about paint safety! First of all, if you're really interested, you might check out the Painter's Keys - they have in-depth discussions about everything art.
Otherwise, things to keep in mind:
1. Even if you use Gamsol or other oderless solvents, you still need to use good ventilation
2. It's a good rule not to eat or drink in the studio
3. When pigment mixes with liquid (esp solvent) it is better able to get under the skin and into the blood stream, so if you get a lot of it on you, wipe it with something dry first, then wash your hands
4. For everything else, wash your hands religiously!
5. There are lots of glove options including "nitrile exam gloves" which don't suffocate hands so much, and gloves in a bottle, or just try getting a size too large
6. Another option for cleaning brushes, besides walnut oil (which can also be used as a medium) is plain vegetable oil
7. A safer alternative to oil paint is water-mixable oils - they don't have the same cadmiums and other harmful stuff, but then your colors won't be as bright...
Thanks everyone, for your input!