Painting naturally

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I first discovered natural paints in the early 90s. I was into eating healthy food and trusting the natural healing and wisdom of my body rather than eating processed food and using pharmaceutical medicines to manipulate my symptoms when ill. So it was a natural progression for me to discover natural paints when looking to do a renovation on a run down rental that I had just moved into.

The first natural paint I used was Bio wall paint which is a plant based natural paint. It painted on easily and had a bit more character than regular acrylic paint. Great ! I thought I like it ! I could even play around and mix my own colours. This appealed to my do-it-yourself creativity.

Over the next 15 years and several more opportunities to paint run down rentals, I discovered different types of natural paints. I tried out milk paint and clay paint. I enjoyed the milk paints but found they only lasted a couple of years before looking a bit faded & discoloured. This may have been also due the conditions in that house, or rather converted shed, I was living in! However clay paint became my favourite. I couldn't be quite so creative with mixing my own colours because they came in pre-mixed colours, but the colours they came in were fantastic, and where I could be creative was in the effects I could get out of them. You can polish or burnish clay paint when almost dry and get fabulous creative effects. You can also paint it on timber and furniture, sand it back to get that distressed look, and clear coat or wax over the top for added protection.

My son has just created a great effect with the Volvox Clay paint on the walls of a new cafe wine bar he has in Randwick called Bat Country. They also used the Livos natural wood oils and recycled materials in the fit-out. A great example of the extra character and ambience that natural paints and wood finishes can give.