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Author Topic: Pastels being cancerous??  (Read 708 times)


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on: September 19, 2014, 04:19:31 PM
I was out today buying pastels & came across a warning on the backs of some of them saying that in the state of California warns that there are chemicals in the pastels that can cause cancer. Has anyone ever come across this sort of thing?  :-\ I live on Ontario Canada, bought them at Michaels & I'm sure if it causes cancer in California it'll cause cancer elsewhere. Even the Rembrandt’s had the same warning And well I'm here can I use pastels on watercolour paper?


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Reply #1 on: September 19, 2014, 07:00:55 PM
Hi Willow,

First yes you can use watercolor paper. Use the backside of it. Yes they do have that warning. I personally am not worried about it. I guess you could wear rubber gloves. Plus the businesses are protecting themselves from being sued.

Nina  :flowers:
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Reply #2 on: September 19, 2014, 07:52:36 PM
Willow, if you will do a google search you will find out what the warning means, and why they put it on only some of the colors.  I believe it goes back to the original paints and their content.
I read up on them, and I'm not worried about using them.

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Reply #3 on: September 20, 2014, 01:01:26 AM
It's the dust you might breathe, it's not very healthy to have all the dust in your lungs and some pigments might be extra bad for your lungs.

In different rehabilitation centres, over here, they use to work a lot with soft pastels, as a therepeutic thing, but you must wear kind of dust hood for your nose and mouth for that reason:


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