Paint Alternatives: Learn to Make Your Own (toxin free!) Clay Paint in Penticton, BC


Penticton, BC

Clay paint workshop in Penticton BC.

Clay paint: the easiest way to use natural building materials in your own home. Join us for a hands-on evening to learn everything you need to know about natural, non-toxic, latex paint alternatives.

A hands-on evening workshop where you will learn recipes, what ingredients to use, how to mix your own colours, and you’ll head home with the tools to get started on your own project.

We will be working on sample boards which you will be able to take home with you. There will be plenty of time to mix different colours, experiment by adding different things to your paint like straw and mica, and work with stencils to create unique designs.

For less than the cost of a gallon of paint, learn to make your own!


Most people are now aware of the importance of healthy indoor air quality. After all, the average Canadian spends 89% of their time indoors!!! The vast majority of commercially available paints contain toxins that are compromising to health and even “low-VOC” paints are only so until the colour is added — it is the pigment that contains the bulk of toxic VOCs.

Clay paints offer a great alternative, giving you a great opportunity to make the right decision for you and your family’s health, for the environment, or to give your home a unique touch. And you can do it without stretching your budget!

This workshop is the perfect combo: learn to make beautiful, healthy, durable clay paints, from super affordable ingredients.

We will spend the evening getting our hands dirty, learning what is involved in making your own clay based paints.

To answer some questions you might be thinking:

  • Yes, clay paint can easily be applied over drywall! Whether painted or new.

  • Making your own paint is like baking a really simple recipe: if you can make pancakes, you can make paint! (Actually, it might be easier than making pancakes…).

  • It is easy to apply: just a regular brush will do!

  • It is also durable and can be wipeable. We will go over some techniques you can use to get the most out of your paint, including a simple casein (milk protein) wash.

  • It can be any colour you want it to be.

For more visual inspiration & and what clay paint can look like in a space, visit our gallery page here.

Clay Paint: What is It?

Clay paint is simply fine sand or other minerals (often, we use whiting, or chalk dust), mixed with clay and some additional binder (we use wheat paste). That’s it!

Of course, you’ll want to add some colour. Generally, we use mineral based pigments, for two reasons: they are very stable and won’t fade in even the harshest sunlight, and because they are the healthiest option.

Some benefits of using clay based products in your home:

  • 100% natural – so healthy to use, even the kids can help
  • Humidity regulation (a 20mm thick clay plaster on an area of one square metre can absorb 250 grams of water)
  • Odour absorption
  • Resists dirt
  • Easy to repair
  • They add warmth and beauty to any room
  • Improved acoustics by absorbing sound
  • Ideal for those with chemical sensitivities
  • They link us to our past and can perhaps teach us ways to simplify our future.


Some reasons that clay paint is right for you:

  • You are looking to spruce up your living space, but you haven’t done so because you haven’t found a product that matches your deep commitment environmental responsibility (or budget!).
  • The thought of smelling VOC’s (volatile organic compounds – the chemicals that give paint it’s nasty smell) from your freshly painted walls for weeks makes you a bit nauseous.

  • Having the added benefits of clay in your home to help buffer moisture (and therefore molds), create a more comfortable indoor climate, is just icing on the cake. 

We will cover how to mix and apply paint, how to store extra clay paint should small repairs down the road be necessary, repair procedures, proper tool selection and most importantly ingredients and recipes! As part of this hands-on learning experience, you will be creating a sample board of your work from the evening to take home with you.

There will be ingredients on hand available for purchase so that you can get started on your clay paint project right away! As with all of our workshops, you will receive a comprehensive note package, detailing everything that we cover in the evening. This includes recipes and the how-to of course!

The Details:

Date: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014  6pm – 9pm

Location: The Shatford Centre, Penticton BC. Pre-registration is required.

We look forward to meeting you, and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-700-2629.

Review our cancelation policy here.

**Please note that we will send out specific workshop information package to all registered participants about a week prior to workshop date, which includes location, a brief reminder of what to expect, and what to bring. When you register online, we save your contact information, for our records only, and as our way of contacting you (we respect your privacy, and would never sell it to a third party!). If you would rather bypass PayPal (this option is available to you if you plan to pay by credit card), we will gladly except cash or cheque. Payment is still required in advance to reserve your spot. Please call us if you would like to pursue this option, 403-700-2629. Thanks!

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