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Safe Painting

MSDS Sheets

As the child of artists, throughout my life safety around materials has been paramount. When I was expecting my sons, I looked for ways to keep painting without using toxic materials. This led to the development of a plant-based oil painting medium and paints that do not use heavy metals as pigment sources. I do not use cadmium lead or otherwise toxic materials. 

Beam Paints has joined the ACMI and are in the process of obtaining our seal for all our colours, this involves extensive third party testing, so its taking a while to get through all of the colours, and we keep adding more! Below are the colours that we have had approved that conform to California Prop 65, LHAMA and ASTM-D4236 as per testing and toxicology reports by Duke University and ACMI the Art and Creative Materials Institute. 

Blueberry Mountain PV23

Almost Night PB15.1

Boreal Green  PG17

Butter PY74, PW6

Cherry Magenta PR122


Fall Poplar Yellow PY74

Graphite PBK10

Great OceanPB29

Harvest Wheat PY43 Lavender PV23, PW6 Limestone White PW6
Mars Violet PR101 Milkweed PY74, PB15.1, PW6

Miskwaabigun(BrownClay) PBK11, PR101

Prussian Blue


Pumpkin Orange PY74 PR170 Robins Egg PG7, PW6 Silver (aluminum) Sky Colour PB 15.1, PW6
Slate  Spring Green PY74, PB15.1 Summer Sun Red PR170 Lake HuronTeal PG7
Violet PV23, PB15.1 Wild Rose PR122, PW6

. We provide the pigment codes so you can make informed choices. When no pigment codes are available, it is an earth pigment or a pigment we have gathered ourselves. 

In all cases, there is no substitution for caution. Even the most inert substance is harmful when airborne as dust, and many compounds carry the risk of increased sensitivity over years of continued use. 

Our basic safety motto is a bit humorous, but meant to engage your sensibility-


In addition, do not smoke, use while eating, contact with skin, or sand without a respirator :)

Click here for Health Canada Tips on Safe Painting