Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More about Milk Paint

Pete and I have been painting and mixing the ochre and straight yellow milk paint combination we're using on the walls. We love it! Like a golden pumpkin this baby reminds us, least we ever forget, that she was born in the Fall. Here are a few things we're learning about using milk paint:

1. Mix up only what you know you'll use in a day. It's milk-based so it will go sour if you don't use it up. It takes a little practice to know how much is just right.

2. Get yourself a good glass bowl blender (We love the Oyster) for all your mixing. HomesteadHouse recommends using the blender for their paints, and it really is the best way to do it. Other milk paint may be different, so talk with your retailer and know how to mix it and
use it.

3. Be smart, if you have MCS and are going to do any mixing or painting, wear a mask and probably goggles that you can tolerate. Even tho' milk paint is gentle, the paint comes as a powder (dusty) and if you're not sure about tolerating all the good stuff they used to make the pigment, better safe than sick. Check me out with my winter paint gear.

4. Seal (with beeswax in our case) as soon as your walls are completely dry. We have learned through trial and error that when unsealed milk paint gets wet, even a dripple from moisture left on the tarp that covers the whole vardo at night, it SPOTS. To save you time and effort of re-painting, paint and seal.

A hui hou (until next time). Time for dinner and rest.
"Enough. We've done enough for today." Mokihana

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