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Paint Saving Measures

Paint is expensive. Since I don't want to skimp on my canvases and  I'm rarely lucky enough to put out the right amount each painting session - I often have leftovers that dry quickly in my dry Arizona environment. I sometimes wonder if I scrape off and throw away more dried up paint than I use. I've learned a couple of valuable paint saving tricks that I wanted to share:

1. Best tool ever - the paint tube wringer! This little gadget helps me use all of the paint I buy. I love how it keeps my tubes neat too.

2. Clove Oil - just a drop or two on a cotton ball keeps paint from drying in my palette box

3. The Freezer - laying plastic wrap over my palette and putting it in the freezer puts my little piles of paint in suspended animation until I can get back to them. Great if I'm going to be away from my studio for days at a time. I transfer my paint to palette paper when doing this. I'm not convinced my glass palette and plastic palette box would do well in the freezer!

4. Limited Palette - I took a workshop that required me to buy dozens of different colors of oil paint. I'm glad I got the exposure to all those colors, but I've learned I can mix many of those colors with just a few basic hues. In the future, I'll buy a warm and cool version of each primary in large tubes, (which are more economical), and mix my own.

Have any tricks for paint saving? Do tell!

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