I mostly use acrylic when I paint and you may know that it is a fast-drying medium, but acrylic paint contains pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion, polymers being nothing less than plastic.
I am horrified, like many of us, about the amount of plastics that get produced each year and that for a big chunk, ends up in landfills or our oceans so when I hear about a ‘natural paint’, I do get excited about it.
Flowers collected at shrines
A Sri Lankan paint brand, JAT Holdings, is using the discarded flowers found at temples around the country to make its newest product line called Petal Paint.
What a great idea and definitely, in my opinion, one of the way forwards in reducing our carbon footprint and become more sustainable for anyone and in any industry – the re-use of waste.
Paint used to work on Temple Murals in Sri Lanka
An initiative, which I salute, is to donate this paint to artists working on Temple Murals.
The once laid down flowers as a tribute to places of worship become the medium to keep or restore or preserve art which flanks their walls.
So far the colours in the range are Lotus Red, Pigeonwing Blue, Trumpet Yellow, Marigold Orange, and Temple Flower White.
How is it made?
We included a promotional video below which gives some clues as to how discarded flowers are turned into paint but the detailed process still remains unclear – something we shall try to find out here at Drawing United.
What we know –
– It takes about 28 stones (400 pounds/180kgs) of dried flowers to make 50 litres of paint which can seem a lot but loads of flowers are laid down around Buddhist temples – approximately 80,00,000 tons every year (Source)
The paint comes into metal cans, not plastic. Metal, almost all of them, can be recycled over and over as opposed to plastic, about 8 times