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MSWcrane

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on: January 16, 2014, 12:30:22 PM
Dennis,
I have created what appears to be my own WaterColor Mixing problem. 
I purchased small tubes of Winsor Newton Artist grade WC's, then put them into large Pill boxes (7 day type).
 


I thought this would be the same as a pan paint, obviously not   :thumbdown: 
I keep them closed but they are not sealed well, so the paints dry to a very hard mass   :oops:   
I can spray with a mist of water to use in painting   :painting:


The problem is now that I want to make my Green Mixing Chart, they are either hard as a brick or too watered down to mix proper colors   :pullhair:

My page ends up with 'blotchy' blobs that are hard to control. 
Any Suggestions, on how to handle the Green Charts with these paints, other than buy new tubes, which I can't afford to do??
 
Felling really dumb today :uglystupid2:
« Last Edit: January 16, 2014, 12:40:43 PM by MSWcrane »
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Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 12:48:32 PM
Sue, for me the trick is to make a puddle dampen the dry paint, add to the puddle until it is as dark as I want then repeat the process with other colors I wish to mix. More work than using paint from the tube, but it's convenient and saves paint. I'll be interested in Dennis' take on this.
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Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 01:33:40 PM
Hi Sue...took me a little while to 'learn' how to wake up my dry tube paints, too.  I put mine in small pill containers, ( that I can't find anymore), and about five minutes before painting, I put a very fine misty spray over them to 'charge them up'. Then, they are just fine. Don't use a lot of water, and wait a few minutes for them to 'wake up'. It takes awhile to get the hang of how much water to use, but I have slowly learned. It doesn't hurt them to dry out...but just mist-spray them, close the lid if you want, and wait a few minutes.
Good luck.
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Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 02:26:04 PM
I do exactly what Bella does  ;)
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Reply #4 on: January 16, 2014, 03:24:53 PM
I searched until I found the larger one, as I thought they would be easier to get some larger brushes into. (found these in the Dollar store).  I too did what Bella says and I guess i am not good at it ( I use my tiny mister and give a spray or two, to just dampen them) guess it will take some practice to get them right.

Am wondering if wrapping the Pill boxes in clear kitchen wrap will keep them moist for future use.

 :thankyou: Bella, Dennis & Judie   :) 

So back to Green Mixes for me, guess it's not 'easy being green'   :envy:
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Reply #5 on: January 16, 2014, 04:45:17 PM
My paintbox dries out all the time. I guess about 1/2 of my regularly used paints are now refilled from tubes. A light misting works for me, or if I'm out and about I just run a slightly wet brush over the paint I'm going to use and roll it and the paint fills the brush no problem. Then I just add whatever water to the well and away I go. I can add more pigment if I need to. Hope this helps.
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Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 05:07:18 PM
Yes  :thankyou: Val, just makes mixing greens chart a bit more difficult than that shown by Dennis in the class.    :envy:
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Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014, 05:11:52 PM
Takes a little longer to do properly, but well worth it in the end.  O0
Cheers, Val

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