Safety techniques when working with art materials


Yes, safety techniques when working with art materials also exists, despite the fact that we all started drawing in an early childhood and used to consider drawing as a completely harmless occupation. Most people usually don’t even think about it. But you should follow safety techniques while drawing.

Here are the basic rules of accident prevention while drawing and using artistic tools.

Every artist, and especially a beginner, must know the composition of the used artistic materials, the degree of their toxicity and measures recommended for safety.

Often what is unacceptable for one is quite acceptable for another.

As for the safe handling of tools for art, I adhere to the following rule: “Art materials are not eatable”.

  • No matter how tempting it is, never put a brush with paint on it in your mouth to create a sharp tip. You would not do that with a brush for wall paint, right? So, why are you sure that the artist’s paint is safe? It also has supplements of various antiseptics and coloring pigments, which are often toxic.
  • Despite the fact that human skin is a natural protective barrier, nevertheless, it is worth minimizing the degree of exposure of the artistic materials. Depending on the type of work being performed, try using disposable latex gloves.
  • If you find the use of disposable gloves unacceptable, then do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly after completing the work.
  • Do not eat while painting and do not leave food in your studio. Do not put cups with any drinks next to the can, where are situated your brushes and water for them. In a state of concentration on painting, one can easily overlook how the brushes will end up in the wrong container.
  • Keep a good ventilation in the working studio, which is capable to absorb toxic fumes of solvents that make up some materials: fixatives for pastels, varnish sprays and spray polishes. Always, before starting your work with them, carefully read the warnings on their labels. Inhalation of the adhesive can cause great damage to the lungs.
  • Always keep art materials out of the reach of a child. After all, he can easily confuse a tube of red children’s paint with red cadmium. Therefore, for the baby, choose only natural paints that do not contain toxic substances. Whereat, indicates a special label on the box.
  • Keep all solvents in the original packaging, which has a special mark on its contents, away from sources of heat and fire. In no case, do not light a cigarette near it.
  • When using white spirit or similar solvents, consider the possibility of replacing these products with versions that do not contain odor. However, there necessarily must be air vent in the studio.
  • Always remove the pastel dust not with a help of a broom, but eith a help of vacuum cleaner that has good traction and filter.
  • Never pour paints and solvents into the sink. They clog the pipes.

Imagination and art materials are important components of the visual process. But the main condition for the use of any tools should be common sense and safety techniques of drawing.

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