What does your artistic flare have to do with Canada’s water? Plenty. The oil-based paints you use to express yourself find their way into our waterways. What will you pledge to do to save Canada’s lakes, rivers and oceans?
Don’t just dump your leftover oil-based paint into the sink after you’ve finished your recreation of Starry Night. It’ll end up causing havoc in our rivers and lakes. Make sure you check in with your municipality to find out how you can dispose of your oil paints properly.
There’s nothing quite like art to move people. It’s a visceral reaction. So why not take advantage of your talent and move people to take action for water conservation? Create art that will make a statement about water conservation in Canada. You never know what it could inspire.
Ditch the old-fashioned oil paint and go a little more eco-friendly! You’ll be able to wash away leftover paint with a little soap and water while keeping toxins to a minimum.
Grab your sketchpad and head to your local lake or river! You’ll get the chance to reconnect with nature and you may even find a new appreciation for the wildlife that relies on the waterways in your area – from toads to herons.
What materials do you find yourself using over and over again? Paint? Clay? Ask for a material data safety sheet from the manufacturer. Yup! You’ve got a right to know what your mediums are made of! You might be surprised that some are laden with toxic pigments, solvents, petrochemicals, hydrocarbons and formaldehyde which could wreak havoc on your local waterways.
Opt to use natural materials when you can. Look to casein, water, beeswax and organic linseed and flax oils to keep your art green.
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So you’re ready to take the Water Challenge! Great!