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22 June 2010

It's true ... crafting is good for your health!

Quite by chance I discovered Julia Andrus ... last week, the television was on in the background as I went about my daily chores. It was morning so it was tuned to Create & Craft ... then I heard the word "Steampunk".

Quickly I turned the volume up & started to pay attention ... Julia was demonstrating her eco-friendly craft products. With a background in chemistry & prompted by her remarkable recovery from cancer, she was perfectly placed to develop a range of eco-friendly products, including stamps made from recycled plastic, paints that are free from all those nasty ingredients & glue that is so harmless you could actually eat it - although this is certainly not recommended.

The Acrylic Paints, once initially dried, can be buffed with paper towel to draw out the pigment & add a glorious sheen. She demonstrated how to create the distress effect using a resist with Petroleum Jelly. She layered & blended paints to create that rusty old metallic look on die-cut shapes - perfect for steampunk projects. I just wished I had recorded her demonstrations as each show was crammed full of ideas & techniques.

The Green Steam Embellishments are made from recycled paper.

The Green Glue dries completely clear, so perfect for using under her Glass Glintz domed circles, to create a spotlight on your project. Guess what ... the Glintz are made from recycled glass!

The green coloured Stamps are cling mounted, so saving those precious hardwood forests. Made from recycled plastics - how cool it that?

The Board Books have spacers between the pages, so your three dimensional embellishments do not get crushed.

There is more in the Eco Green Crafts range including brushes, air-dried Eco Clay & collage sheets. Hopefully Julia will be back on Create & Craft in the very near future.

I love the company motto

"Where Creativity comes Naturally"