1. johnson catman says

    How does he preserve it so that the colors do not fade, etc? I would think that the toothpaste (or candy) would be susceptible to deterioration (or bugs) much more readily than oil paint (or nail polish).

  2. says

    I have no idea as to either question. I didn’t have time to fully poke about on his extensive site, there might be answers lurking somewhere.

  3. says

    There are tricks to using non-conventional materials though. When I paint with cosmetics, the eye shadow, frinst., is mixed with wheat wall paper paste.

  4. johnson catman says

    In the video above, he is applying the toothpaste directly to the canvas without mixing it with anything. That is what prompted me to ask. I would think it would be necessary to use some kind of fixer or protectant.

  5. says

    I don’t know that toothpaste requires that. I’ve known a lot of people who have patched holes in walls with toothpaste, stuff dries like cement.

  6. rq says

    stuff dries like cement

    Oh yes it does, and practically impossible to wash out of clothing, so I think he’s okay using it straight-to-canvas. :D

  7. says

    I do. The nice thing is if you have bargain type stores in your area, you can often pick up cosmetics for pretty cheap, you can also find them at thrift stores. Not just eye shadow, but lipstick, blush, foundation, all that.

    I’ve found that for the powders, mixing with a small amount of wheat wall paper paste works great. Lipsticks and such are worse than oil paint, they take a long, long time to dry. This is a little ATC* I did:
    *Artist Trading Card.

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