ColorKitchen - Glob Colors Bamboo Brushes Tube Set - 6 Sustainable Brushes
ColorKitchen Glob Bamboo Brushes Tube Set includes six sustainable bamboo brushes: 2 flat (6.5"), 2 fine tip (6.5") and 2 small stubby brushes (4.5") with an aluminum ferrule and cruelty-free bristles. The soft brushes are great for arts, crafts and cosmetic use. Brush bristles are taklon, a synthetic fiber used in artist-quality paint and makeup brushes. Taklon is an allergy-free and vegan alternative to natural, animal hair brushes.
ColorKitchen uses all natural and organic ingredients from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, flowers, and spices. Their paints contains gum arabic (a natural watercolor binder), with all-natural botanical food colors that have been used in arts and crafts since historic times. Their color pigments come from beets, purple carrots, turmeric, and red cabbage, as well as beta-carotene from either oranges, tomatoes, carrots, or marigolds.
Another orange source is the annatto seed, a natural herb that has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes and can be traced as far back as the ancient Mayans. Annatto's deep orange color is used today in cosmetics and to color cheddar cheese! Other color sources include the sticky orange pulp of the gardenia fruit, and chlorophyll, which is extracted from alfalfa to make a grassy green.
ColorKitchen's botanical colors and all natural ingredients are commonly used in foods today.
ColorKitchen's paints and natural colors were developed first and foremost with safety and sustainability in mind. Using natural plant extracts and botanical pigments, their water-based paints are biodegradable and non-toxic.
More About Paints
You may have noticed that arts and crafts products do not list ingredients. Consumers rely upon "non-toxic" certification, believing that their art materials have undergone sufficient testing to ensure the products they use are safe. Don't let these labels fool you. Art pigments (colors) are commonly made from petrochemicals, and the actual hazards of these materials are not always known. In the US, synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can be labeled "non-toxic." The rationale? There is no data to prove otherwise.
Arts and crafts paints often contain a host of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde (a carcinogen), one of the most common paint preservatives. New environmental regulations and consumer demand has contributed to the numerous low to no VOC (volatile organic compounds) and environmentally friendly house paints now available. Unfortunately, the artist market is far behind.
Paints may not only be hazardous to the consumer, but also the environment. Certified "non-toxic" pigments can still be toxic to fish and other wildlife. ColorKitchen products are sustainable and biodegradable, making them safe to wash down the sink and into our water supply. ColorKitchen conforms to US safety standards and the comprehensive requirements of Europe, Canada and Australia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the paints made?
Their paints are manufactured in the US, in California.
Do the paints stain?
The company did a comparison between their own paints and "washable" paints, and the results were about the same. Both left slight staining with certain colors, but washed out fairly well.
ColorKitchen paints are made from fruits and veggies, so you might expect the same type of subtle stain from spilled juice. They always recommend wearing painting clothes, so you can glob it on worry-free.
How long do the paints last once mixed?
Their paints are best if used fresh. They recommend that you use only as much pigment powders as needed for one painting session. However, the paint should be able to keep for weeks or even months, but the color wet will become less vibrant over time. So again, fresh is best!
Can you eat them?
The paints are not intended for consumption. While the ingredients are food and cosmetic-grade, the colors are concentrated and have a gum arabic base, which isn't very tasty.
Can the paints be used as face paint?
The paints are similar to watercolors, and do not cover the skin like a face paint. The colors, such as beets, will slightly stain the skin.
How can the paint be thickened?
To thicken the paint, add a little starch (corn, arrowroot powder) or a non-gluten flour. Regular wheat flour doesn't mix thoroughly.
Will the colors fade?
Like other arts and crafts-grade paints, their colors can fade over time with exposure to direct UV light.
While the company chooses the most lightfast, non-toxic, botanical pigments they could find, their paints are not archival quality, and are not recommended for professional artists.
The paints are similar to a watercolor. The pigments are best used to color your projects, such as painting on paper, collage, wood stain, play dough, paper-mache and more...
If you believe you or your child is the next Picasso or Jackson Pollock, you may want to try another, professional paint with questionable toxicity.
Can the paints be used to dye clothes?
No, the pigments in their paints are water-soluble painting pigments, not clothing dyes. Dyes require a mordant to set the color to the fabric, many of which are toxic.
Can the paints be used to paint walls?
Their paints perform like a transparent watercolor, not a wall paint with opaque coverage.
About the Company
Glob Colors (makers of ColorKitchen products) arts and crafts products are sourced from natural, recyclable, and biodegradable materials. Made in California, the company specializes in botanically crafted paints made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices with natural ingredients and organic extracts. These water-soluble pigments become paint just by adding water. Similar to watercolors, their paints can also be used for a variety of arts and crafts activities. The vibrant pigments in their paints have been used by different cultures throughout the ages in food, artists' paints and body products. Go ahead, Glob it on!
In the face of budget cuts, many schools have been forced to reduce or even eliminate art programs. The company is committed to bringing natural craft products to schools and teachers.
The company's annual School Giveaway provides free paints to schools, making safe, green art supplies available for creative programs.
The company strives to raise awareness about the regulation of non-toxic art products. Most consumers rely on "non-toxic" certification, unaware that in the US, synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can still be labeled "non-toxic". Manufacturers are not required to list ingredients and "non-toxic" paints often contain numerous chemical additives, like the carcinogen formaldehyde, one of the most common paint preservatives.
Their natural paint blends minimize manufacturing processes to reduce environmental impact. The dry powder pigments save weight and energy when shipped. They strive to use minimal packaging and keep their ingredients and all the materials they use biodegradable. The company uses recycled paper and vegetable and soy inks. They manufacture their paint packets at a facility certified by the Natural Products Association, Organic Certifiers, Contract Packaging Association and American Association for Quality.
About the Founder
Being an artist, Ashley Phelps was exposed to all kinds of art paints and products. And though she had reactions to the chemical additives, she suffered through it, thinking it just came with the territory.
However, after working as a children’s art teacher, she began to look for healthier, all-natural solutions. Unfortunately, there weren’t many green art supplies on the market, so she decided to make some herself.
It took some time, but she finally found an all-natural formulation for art and craft paints using only natural, botanical (even food-grade) color sources: plants, vegetables and herbs. These pigments are organically vibrant, and have been used safely and effectively for color since the beginning of time.
She is proud to have developed safe and natural eco-art products for crafters and kids. She says it is gratifying to be able to offer parents a safer choice.