ECO ANGELS NATURAL WHITE PAINTS
In everything you do strive to be angelic. Most people at some point may paint a house. Choose to do it in a way that is Eco Friendly and good Karma.
In India in Anandpur Sahib were about to re-paint and this is what we are doing our 100 % carbon footprint free painting with !
1. NATURAL WHITEWASH
10 pounds hydrated lime ( hydrated lime also known as quicklime is an alkaline substance which is produced by heating limestone in specially designed fire kiln ovens )
2 gallons water
3 pounds salt (Use natural salt such as sea salt or Rock salt not chlorine table salt )
2 – 5 gallon buckets
Using a large spoon, mix 10 pounds of hydrated lime with 1 gallon of water in an extra-large bucket. Add more water if needed to make a thick paste.
In a second bucket, mix one gallon of warm water with 3 pounds of salt and stir until dissolved.
Slowly add the salt water to the lime mixture, stirring well. If mixture is too thick to apply with a paint brush, slowly add additional water to thin it to the desired consistency. If stored well and sealed tightly you can store whitewash for several days in a cool place.
2. NATURAL MILK WHITE PAINT
We have some Buffaloes here in Anandpur Sahib so painting with milk is very good value as most days there extra milk for many people. Milk-based paints have been used for over 20,000 years. Almost all early American furniture prior to the Civil War was painted using this technique.
Milk contains casein, a protein that hardens as it dries and adheres well to wood, plaster, terra cotta, and clay. When applying to wood surfaces or plaster walls, milk paint is supposed to be self-priming, which removes a time consuming step from the painting equation. The first coat may be slightly uneven, due to the texture of the paint, so it is recommended to apply the second coat immediately after the first for a smoother finish. The finish will be translucent, but the opacity increases with each coat you add. As you might expect, milk paint has a slightly milky oder when first applied, but this oder fades as the paint dries.
1 quart skim milk
Strainer or sieve
Dry colour pigment (optional - like natural dye from flowers of plants to make a colour for paint or clothes)
Mix the juiced lemon with 1 quart of skim milk in a bucket and leave the mixture overnight. (Sitting at room temperature causes the mixture to start curdling.)
The next morning, pour the mixture through a strainer or sieve lined with cheesecloth to separate the solids and whey.
To give colour to your paint, you may choose to add four or more tablespoons of dry colour pigment to the curd and stir until the pigment is incorporated. Continue to add colour pigment, stirring constantly, until you achieve the desired hue.
Milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be applied to your surface within a few hours of mixing. The recipe above makes a small batch, so you will want to test this on a smaller project to get started.
The first milk paints were dyed with pig’s blood, but, luckily, these days you can buy both natural pigments and the colour pigments mentioned in the recipe above in a range of shades.
You can also experiment by leaving steel wool or some iron in a dish of water and adding the resulting rusty water to your paint; simmering blackberries on the stove and straining the liquid; brewing and adding strong coffee beans for the desired shade of brown.
In the United States you also buy milk paint already mixed and ready to go - maybe shops in India you can find ready made purely natural paints too...