I was absolutely amazed recently whilst scrolling through Instagram, checking out some of my favourite artists, to see a high profile international artist, with over ten thousand followers, remark that she always squeezed out way too much oil paint at the start of her day and hates scraping it into the bin at the end of the day. WAIT! WHAT? You waste paint?
Plastic stationary case, repurposed for freezing oil paint
Freezer tray setup for saving oil paint - this is a case that has been used for around 4 months and it really needs a freshen up!
Mdf board cut to size for freezing oil paint...I’m needing to peel off the contact paper and start a fresh board after around 4 months of use.My hubby cut me some 3 ply board, sized to fit the plastic cases. I either cover these with freezer paper, masking taped to the back or clear contact paper will also do the trick. When I have a portrait painting, I will often make the effort (cause it is an effort) to premake all my dominant skin tones and store these in a freezer case. For the rest of my paintings, I will always make a big batch of chromatic black (I’ll share my recipe some day soon) and fill the case with decent squeezes of my most used colours. At the end of my paint day, it’s a quick matter of scraping bigger blobs of seperate colours (free of any medium) into the freezer case or if there isn’t much paint left, mixing it all together to make a blob of whatever colour it makes!! Seriously, some awesome colours get made with these odd mixes. Gamblin actually makes a colour called ‘Torrit Grey’ that has been made from left over paint. They give it away and each year have a paint competition to see how painters use it. I was recently given a ‘torrit grey’ and it’s been a great addition to my palette. So there you have it, no more waste and money saved for the important things...like shoes and paintbrushes. 😊Mia To learn other tips and tricks and general art news, sign up for my monthly newsletter here.