Thursday, September 13, 2012

GLOB Natural Art Supplies Review

Baby E lives and breathes art. Sure, her doodles don't look like much (though they do to me), but she loves the process of drawing and painting. Ah, to be 3 again, without a care in the world - getting lost in the moment of doodling! We can learn a lot from our children. 

We recently received some GLOB natural paints and an art pad. The paints come in powder form and you just add water to get the desired consistency. We used them more like watercolors, partly because we like watercolors and partly because we're frugal like that and want to stretch them out as much as we can! There are four vibrant colors: Lemon Verbena, Blueberry, Pomegranate, and Basil. My photos really don't do this justice! The colors are beautiful and very bright! Each bottle makes four ounces of paint and we use a palette to  dilute them, a little does go a long way. There are many other ways to use it besides panting too, such as a wood stain or to color your home made play dough. 

The little art pad is big enough for my toddler, yet small enough to take along even for her to draw on the go. It can easily fit in my diaper bag. It's thick, the 75 sheets will last us a while. The paper isn't really suitable for watercolors though, so it didn't work for us in that sense. We will be using it for her pencils and crayons mostly (or just not dilute the paint so much so that it's thicker). 

We think that GLOB products are priced well for what you get. Remember that these aren't mass produced, toxic art supplies, so you can't really compare the price to what you're used to. The Natural Paint Set costs $24 and the 5" x 7" unbleached art pad/sketchbook is $12. These are not from China, the paints are made in California and the art pad is from Canada. 

You know how art supplies usually have the words 'non-toxic' on the label? Well, did you know that in the U.S., synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity (usually made from petrochemicals) can be labeled as 'non-toxic'? Yeah, we don't think that makes any sense either. The most common paint preservative is formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The conventional paints our kids use are not only bad for them, but for fish and wildlife as well when we wash them down the drain. 

GLOB paints also come in packets of 6 colors for only $12, a great way to try them before buying a set of bottles. They also sell fabulous bamboo brushes, a complete paint kit, plantable collage kit, coloring illustrations, and keepsake bags. GLOB is a great, Eco-friendly, U.S. company to support and I highly recommend their products! 

Stay tuned for a GLOB giveaway of the same products we received during the Keeping Kids Creative event, starts Monday, September 17th!

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Disclaimer: I did not receive payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.


  1. This is really awesome!! I love all natural stuff!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  2. I really like that, with our kids we go through a lot of paint and i do agree with all the above, maybe some day we can afford or at least try it, thanks for sharing =)

  3. These are so cool. I would love these for my nephew.

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  4. They look AWESOME! I hope I remember about the giveaway, if not I pinned them for a Christmas gift : 0


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