10,000 Reasons to Discard Old Paint

Need special tools to open that old tube of paint? Do you know where has it been? Ok, in June’s defense these were given to her.

You owe it to your collector’s to have the best quality artwork that will last for many years to enjoy! If it’s old, hard and moldy toss it. Old and hard paints make it difficult to create a juicy mixture of paint, specifically watercolors. If you decide not keep a color for whatever reason and it’s in good usable shape, sell it, give it away or trade with another artist. If you decide to keep a color that you haven’t used at all or barely, give it new life! Explore with color charts and color strings, you may find a new direction in your work.

In my workshops I start with color and your paint, this is not about the color wheel. I’ve created a spreadsheet for my students to inventory their paints, learn how to use the paints in a wise manner and how to stop spending money on paint when you can create beautiful colors, create spot on color match, learn about compatible palettes and much more. This simple portion can take an artist’s skills a lot further than a painting technique, although I do teach that also. I encourage them to build stronger painting foundation which can be applied to any medium. At my last workshop, I shared how many tubes of paint I own, how and why I started the spreadsheet. One my students had me beat, she had close to 300, but she had inherited most of them. That day she tossed 45 tubes of old paint, it was quite an eye opener for her!

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