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Thank you everyone for your all your comments !
I feel very ecourged by the feedback im getting.  
My time on the computer is sometimes limited so its possible i might miss a comment that ive recieved.  If you have written and not recieved a responce to a question, or want to get in touch please email me. Thank you so much.

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Visual art can be a beautiful outlet for human creativity. I've used it for years to express myself, comment on social/environmental issues and make my living. It was only after studying environmental science in university that I came to a disturbing realization,  the art materials I was using were environmental hazards. Paint is toxic and everywhere, coating our cars, homes, offices, canvas and just about every modern artefact. No matter how deep we dig our landfills paint re-enters our environment, eventually.

After years of research and experimentation I have finally developed a way of making my paintings eco-friendly. Please visit my website www.stefanthompson.com and learn how you too can make nontoxic art. If you have ever painted a canvas or a wall in your house or plan to...you shoud hear this.

www.stefanthompson.com
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ninioninio Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
i was looking for thi sentry of yours, because i remember i read it a couple of years ago, and it stuck in my head. I also have interest in beeing enviromentally just/fair (?) in everything i do, mainly i try to avoid buying new stuff and use things people would throw away. The bad habits are put aside as I grow. By the time i read this, i had already a lot of paint (acrilycs, oil, watercolor, latex, varnishes, etc), I still have them. Since i already have them i guess i have to use them, (?) . (That is topic i reflect constantly, the limits of being "eco-fair" and stop creating/producing/existing)-

I recently changed college, and they have this excersice where students HAVE to paint lots of paper with latex to make collages, and everybody (like 200 students every year the whole year) washes and puts all the residues down the drain. I think it is unacceptable that teachers think that is normal and that they teach to paint but they don't teach what to do after.
I was wondering if you knew a way to minimize the damage of this (i dont think they'll stop using latex paint- and for me too, since i had to buy a lot of, and also because people paint their houses a LOT)?
What i have done the last time i used it, is to wash the brushes in a bucket and the leave the bucket in the sun so the water evaporates and i can throw the solid latex paint to the garbage? The water is still evaporating, i hope it works, or does the medium evaporate to and contaminates the air?
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ninioninio Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
i was looking for thi sentry of yours, because i remember i read it a couple of years ago, and it stuck in my head. I also have interest in beeing enviromentally just/fair (?) in everything i do, mainly i try to avoid buying new stuff and use things people would throw away. The bad habits are put aside as I grow. By the time i read this, i had already a lot of paint (acrilycs, oil, watercolor, latex, varnishes, etc), I still have them. Since i already have them i guess i have to use them, (?) . (That is topic i reflect constantly, the limits of being "eco-fair" and stop creating/producing/existing)-

I recently changed college, and they have this excersice where students HAVE to paint lots of paper with latex to make collages, and everybody (like 200 students every year the whole year) washes and puts all the residues down the drain. I think it is unacceptable that teachers think that is normal and that they teach to paint but they don't teach what to do after.
I was wondering if you knew a way to minimize the damage of this (i dont think they'll stop using latex paint- and for me too, since i had to buy a lot of, and also because people paint their houses a LOT)?
What i have done the last time i used it, is to wash the brushes in a bucket and the leave the bucket in the sun so the water evaporates and i can throw the solid latex paint to the garbage? The water is still evaporating, i hope it works, or does the medium evaporate to and contaminates the air?
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Hey , good job, yeah its all pretty intuitive,
there is some pollution to the air, through the evaporation of the solvent, but that mostly happens on the canvas, and will one day anyway, but by concentrating the waste, you can take it to a disposal facility, did you read my website ... it sort of talks about this, thanks so much for writting, sorry i kind of missed this message, im just starting to get through some old messages.
take care and let me know if you have other questions.
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ninioninio Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
sorry double post >.<
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maldita-vegana Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
thank you some much for the information! is very usefull. I use to do my own oil paint... well not any more ... :(

I put it on my blog [link] it's very important to share this .

I wish all the paint were healthy eco/animal-friendly :(
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Thanks for your concern with this, it is important,
yes, certainly it can be healthy, we just need to do some work ourselves for now,
but some people are really working on this on a large scale too, and thats ecouraging..
thanks for helping this message get out,
art is just a small part of everthing, but as soon as we look at this one small thing, we begin to see the larger picture, and what we can do in all our activities..
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achu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
thank you for this useful information! may i post your article on my multiply site? i will site my reference of course =D i just want to spread the word. thanks!
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Yes Yes Please ,,
thank you.

Stefan
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great info -I already knew but still it is kind to know there are alternatives.

I still use trad oil and solvents but I am totally aware of it so I practically do the entire painting with acrylics (w/water) and only the last layer is with oils. And I never ever let go down the drain anything -recycled all I can over and over.

It is sad, though, because I can't get the results that I like with other mediums... I've tried acrylics soluble in water and watercolors -do you know if Dr. Martin's liquid watercolors are toxic too?
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
oh ,,, also ,
citrus solvent is a great alternative to terps in terms of toxicty to you...

Stefan
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks Stefan... consider I am in Mexico and customs is a bit itchy but I'll try!
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Cool !
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Most things are toxic,
why dont you try making your own oils with medium from earthpaint.net
ask for Tom Rioux the owner and for his special rxn oil that he made for me , and use their citrus solvent thinner with nontoxic pigments (see website)
oils made this way are far less toxic than acrylics...but take time to dry...but do anyway...
anyway...
good luck,
if you have any questions send me emails via
ducksanddinosaurs@yahoo.ca

stefan
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lagatafritz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
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Amaizing info! Will read it and share it :D

It is so difficult to find true eco-friendly products, nobody really seems to care about the planet.
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
i know what you mean ,
it can be frustrating,
but we need to work towards it....
love
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MattSpire Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
What a wake up call. Excellent information that I shall make a point to heed--particularly with my chaotic creation process, as I tend to wear half the paint I use.
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
yeah i know,
i used to be like that,
so much spray paint on my hands they were black .....
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ramonpp Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I developed a serious allergie to oil paintings back in 2004. My right hand started to turn like fish or lizard skin!! And it hurted a lot, got this painful itchy feeling all day. Had to leave oils for a while. Started researching and found out about toxic agents and realized I was using poison!! When you work on a daily basis like me you cant work like this.
I'm also developing non-toxic techniques
Keep up the good work
And nice gallery by the way, I'll be watching
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
thanks..
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ramonpp Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you discovered an alternative to traditional barnishes?

I think the most toxic agents in traditional painting recipes are precisely barnishes, or is it varnish?
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
varnish..
yes you can order a pure linseed oil from earthpaint.net, mix with pure citrus solvent in a 50/50 ratio,
be sure to specify to tom rioux the owner manager that you want the same formula he made for me...

and email me at ducksanddinosaurs@yahoo.ca if you have any other questions..

thank you.
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angelac Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Your website about toxic paint is a great resource! Thank you so much for making it. It's true - many paints are toxic, and not just a little toxic either :(
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Your Welcome , im glad you appreciate it.
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Elleiancole Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I took a Studio Arts painting class a couple of quarters ago and was surprised to find out how toxic the paints are. We had a huge vat to pour the old paint water into which would then be disposed of properly. I never knew oil paints were so dangerous (and smelly, goodness.) I think I should learn to paint with watercolors in the future.
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
use stockmar watercolours, they are usually nontoxic, while most artist quality water colours are toxic...
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing artwork on your website! Cool to read how toxic my paints are too..Thanks!
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StefanThompson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
welcomes
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