tips and know about the dangers of grinding colors
Again and again I receive mails and requests that have the same topic on the content: „Can it be that artists make colors sick“?
The manufacturers advertise again and again with certificates or labels that are to highlight the environmental impact of their colors. „Good for Kids“! or „Environmentally friendly“! is an empty phrase, which states, however, little is known about the dangers of a color. It does not take a chemist to know that certain colors and painting mediums are certainly dangerous. It is generally known that even the smell of a paint or a solvent in sensitive people can cause allergic reactions.
I work with artists‘ colors since childhood. I read a lot about the composition and talked with some of the best chemists. Currently, for me an entirely different question: Is there safe colors?
My sources say no for sure! Each color, each solvent and all accessories in the colors are chemical. There are no exceptions! Painters use the same color blocks and must comply with special safety regulations.
In contrast, most amateur artists go far too careless with the colors and mediums. As no precautions are usually taken. One wants to not let his beautiful hobby spoil by safety regulations.
Anyone who works with oil paints and thinners, should be especially careful. Most lack sufficient ventilation in the room. There are cases where you paint in the bedroom and there also sets up to dry the pictures. Even if ventilated here enough, caused by the thinner and mediums pollutant concentrations that make the room really uninhabitable. Headache there are the lightest side effect.
Also to watch again and again! It is all mixed together what the market will bear. More is better!
Especially when dealing with acrylic paints is much wrong. By water solubility of the impression that the paint is environmentally friendly and thus arises not dangerous. Especially popular is the manufacturing custom colors with binders and pigments. Every chemist knows that most pigments are harmful if inhaled in powder form. Cadmium pigments and cobalt pigments can cause allergies and even cancer. The pigment dust is distributed in the apartment and is inhaled as a fine dust.
Even when Selbstanreiben of colors all possible remedies such as defoamers and mold inhibitors are mixed. There are always the ultimate tip of a self-proclaimed expert who has eaten the brightest crayon. So you poisoned on rates and the doctors are in the dark.
Another bad habit that but certainly arises from ignorance, is the purchase of different varieties. Since there are still a special offer or the store brand of a mail order company. According to a trusted chemist created by the mixing of the brand with the brand A and brand B C before a Chemiecoktail who has it all. To each manufacturer has its own recipes and additives. And all that will react with each other to new chemical compounds. Most odorless vapors inhales you and the consequences are nausea, vomiting, or mucosal irritation. Also skin rashes caused by the contact can be observed repeatedly.
Worst of all, I find the airbrush. You breathe the subtle color dust with the solvents and binders an unfiltered. Painters and Lakierer must wear special protective masks when spraying paint. The other day I saw a video where one course is 10 people have loosely sprayed straight on. By the paint mist you could barely make out what.
Many Pastellmaler have the bad habit to put the picture in front of him on the table and just blow away the dust color. Dudurch but it contaminates the whole room air with the fine pigment dust. Not only that, the dust sticks all over the furniture and elsewhere, it also breathes him.
Should we now better stop with painting?
You have to give up her favorite hobby Never. But you should be aware of some security measures and ensure brand quality.
My first piece of advice to my students in oil painting course is always the „solvents have no business being at home in the living or sleeping area“! Even someone who has his own studio, has to make sure that he deals carefully with solvents. It should be used only as much as is absolutely necessary. The containers should be tightly closed. Never leave open solvent. Close cloth or palettes after painting in an airtight container. Provide images to a well ventilating place. Never paint in the kitchen or in the bedroom. It is best still to renounce the various mediums. Especially to the non-hazardous alkyd resin can be dispensed with. The issue is quite well without!
The acrylic painters I recommend only varieties that I have tested themselves and with whom I work for years or even decades. In principle, the mixing together of different brands should be avoided. Who much painted with the „hands“, should wear gloves. This avoids contact allergies! Large ink containers should be sealed. Use only as much paint as you really need. Acrylmalmittel, pastes, etc. Use only in a well ventilated area. Above all, be careful with spray cans; Always wear a respirator and keep away from children.
From the airbrush I leave now the finger. Most of my colleagues have become sick by years of use of the spray gun or have severe allergies developed.
Anyone working with pastel, should also be careful. But you can avoid the dust if you do it right. I have specially filmed a short video in which I show how to avoid dust. >> Video
Of dubious private labels from the Internet and Noname I advise. Even if they are still so cheap! Because in the cheap colors lurks the greatest danger. If there should already be its own brand of a mail order company, then ask who makes the colors and where they come from. A reputable dealer will tell you exactly from whom he derives its colors. Otherwise, prefer to buy branded goods produced in Europe.
What can you do? Who does not have a studio, should use other color systems! Certainly watercolor and gouache colors are hardly loaded with chemicals. The solvent, as in the oil paints, are unnecessary. Usually this is just pigment and binder (gum arabic) mixed. Some manufacturers mix then at a flow improver and fungus / mold inhibitors in very small quantities. They are, however, in oil and acrylic paints in much larger quantities.
„Who stands healthier lives,“ said a colleague times to me. Charcoal, red chalk or crayons are harmless. There are wonderful „healthy“ techniques that guarantee superb results with little effort.
But even with oil or acrylic colors you can work without any problems if you observe the rules. The problem with the solvents arises only because more and more people mutate without sufficient knowledge overnight for artists, but of art does not really have a clue. These self-proclaimed experts then give her superficial knowledge further that rapidly via the Internet or in hobby magazines spread. Hardly anyone checked to see if all this is then really. As techniques are shown, as is a already own from watching bad.
And as long as there is no adequate labeling for artists‘ colors, you have to do what it myself.
q F. J. Prayer