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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Building.

Clay paints are a simple, inexpensive, effective and beautiful way to finish, color and freshen homes or just about any built environment.





Minimum requirements:
- make natural paint from clay and similar natural materials
- use it on a 4x8 sized area

To get certified for this BB, post the following pics:  

- Raw materials. Your clay rich subsoil, other paint ingredients and the tools you used
- Paint a minimum area of 32 square feet
- Action pic
- Image of the final result

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I finished my she shed walls and now needed to paint them! Hehe! Trouble is, I was 6 months pregnant and didn't want to breathe in any toxic fumes, so I have been experimenting with different painting methods. I textured my walls with plain old mud from any home improvement store. Then I tried a company called MudPaint, out of Boise, Idaho. I like their shades and non-toxic ingredients, but I realized too late that the paint is made for wood, and didn't perform well on textured drywall. I used it on a couple walls, and it looks fine, but chips so easily. I have to keep touching it up. But not a bad option for someone painting wooden surfaces or wooden walls!

Upstairs in my she-shed, I tried a different approach. I used the same texture clay as a base, then added in food powders of different kinds to get the natural colors I wanted: shades of greens from powdered herbs. I like horsetail the best for a light, sage-y grass color! I also used cocoa powder and beet powder. I mixed in water to get a paintable consistency, and here is how it turned out. Pretty cool, I think! The only downside is, it chips and scuffs easily and mixing the exact same color is challenging. So perhaps a different method would be best in a high-traffic area or home with kids. I suspect that is the same with all home-concocted paints. I'm ok with it, since I didn't have to suck down any fumes which could hurt my baby.  All in all, I painted about 324 square feet with the paint I made. Bonus: it was super cheap!
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Empty drywall
Empty drywall
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The MudPaint wall
The MudPaint wall
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I textured in trees and bushes, like a food forrest
I textured in trees and bushes, like a food forrest
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The ingredients I used
The ingredients I used
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going around the trim
going around the trim
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painted walls
painted walls
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different shades, even on the ceiling
different shades, even on the ceiling
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Does milk based paint apply here? The title seem to say so but the description is less clear. I've made mine with raw ingredients like fresh milk and bigs bags of clay (my home clay is red so i'd to buy some white one) and hydrated lime and bulk pigments.

https://oldfashionedmilkpaint.co.uk/pages/what-is-milk-paint
 
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Here's my BB for natural paint. I used home made milk paint for my bedroom ceiling. I didn't find the exact recipe i used, but it contained white clay and a bit of lime.
https://faircompanies.com/articles/avoid-voc-homemade-natural-paint-clay-and-milk/
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Curdling sieving
Curdling sieving
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Mixing curdling with lime, white clay and blue pigments
Mixing curdling with lime, white clay and blue pigments
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Testing color
Testing color
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More than 64 foot square ceiling paint !
More than 64 foot square ceiling paint !
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Bags of white clay and hydrated lime
Bags of white clay and hydrated lime
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Pigments
Pigments
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Note: Excellent color.

 
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