Oh mannn. Is that post still going around!?
Onto your question! Paint’s messy, it’s bound to get places it’s not supposed to, and while it’s not the end of the world, I highly recommend keeping a rag or paper towels nearby so you can clean up quickly. The main danger comes from repeat application/exposure/inhalation. The heavy metals found in some paints will stay in your system and build up over time. You can be fine for ten years then boom! Irreversible nerve damage, or congrats you’re now asthmatic, or an anemic, or now you have cancer. It’s serious stuff and it’s pretty scary how quick people are to shrug it off. BUT ANYWAY.
I highly recommend buying some barrier cream or gloves if you tend to get a lot of paint everywhere. Also, make sure you’re not sanding the dried paint, or mixing pigments without proper respiration! Same goes for heating the pigments (as in encaustics) or diluting a paint for an airbrush machine that was not meant to be used as such! And definitely don’t smoke or eat/drink (from an open container) in your studio! And always ventilate! And side note, please don’t expose your pets to the madness that is a painting studio!
Pay attention to your body and your work habits, are you getting rashes? Bloody noses? Gastrointestinal distress? All could possibly be related to improper handling of paints, pigments or associated chemicals.
And sure, acrylic is generally more safe than oil, but there is literally no such thing as being too careful around paint. Be safe my friend! Let me know if you have any other questions!
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