Milk Paint Tinting Bases
All paints utilize pigments as their colorant. What differentiates one paint from another is the base or binder that is employed to bind the pigments. While there are many traditional binders, such as linseed oil, acrylic, egg yolk and beeswax, amongst many more, we have devoted years into researching the Casein Protein, which is the binding agent in Milk Paint.
The Casein Protein is an extremely powerful binder that was very commonly used before the rise of the petroleum based acrylic polymers. Before acrylics, most house paints and glues were made with Casein. To this day, Elmer's Glue still has a cow on the label, harkening back to days, when the popular glue was made from the milk protein.
Sinopia has been selling the ingredients for Casein for many years. While there has always been a keen interest in making an eco-friendly paint from scratch, many DIY individuals found the measuring and mixing of the glue ingredients too daunting of a task. After years of research, The Sinopia Test Kitchen created a base that took advantage of all of the positive attributes of a the Casein Protein, while creating a paint binder that was easy and practical to use, even by a novice.
The Milk Paint Bases are the foundation for our color palette of Artisanal Milk Paint, but are also available here, as stand alone tinting bases for the customer who wants to create their own custom shades. Just as the tinting bases at the house paint store, our bases can be colored with predispersed house paint tints or dry pigments. Please predisperse dry pigments with water, before adding them to the base, so that the pigment does not turn into one big lump.
The Sinopia Milk Paint Bases are available in a deep tint and light tint. Use the deep tint for rich saturated deep colors and the light tint base for pastel shades.