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How to Store Your Mixed Natural Earth Paint Oil Paints

How to Store Your Mixed Natural Earth Paint Oil Paints

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on Aug 24th 2013

Mixed up a batch of eco-friendly oil paint and don't know what to do with it? Here are a few options that will help you extend the life of your paints and store them for the short-term and the long-term!

Option 1: Aluminum Foil

At the end of a day's painting, scrape any leftover colors into small squares of foil, and fold the foil over so that the paint is airtight. Smudge a little bit of the color onto the outside of the foil so you can identify it later. This is a good option if you need to store your paints for a few weeks.

Option 2: Clove Oil

Add two drops of clove oil to your paints when you mix them to keep them from drying too fast. Note: Clove oil may cause your paints to darken slightly over a long period of time.

Option 3: Sponges

Put a small sponge in your palette box and add a drop or two of clove oil to the sponge to keep your paints pliant.

Option 4: Glass Jars

Smear some clove oil inside of a small glass jar and put the jar upside down over glob of paint on your glass palette.

Option 5: Cling Film

Gently lay cling film over your palette to keep your oil paints from drying. 

Option 6: Refrigerate

Put your covered palette in the fridge.

Option 7: Aluminum Tubes

If you mix up a large amount of paint, store the extra paint in an aluminum paint tube. Scoop the paint with a palette knife into the tube and seal it up, airtight.

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