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I am new to this forum, and watercolor in general. My question is, is it OK to allow your pigments to dry out on your palette? One book that I have says that it is OK and another one says to always use fresh pigments. Can both sources be right? Thanks, in advance, for any help you all can give me.
03-14-2000, 01:37 PM
Both are right. For years I painted with only fresh pigment, then I took a workshop with an internationally known artist who only painted with pigments he squeezed from the tubes and purposely allowed them to dry before he used them. I washed alot of paint and $$$ down the drain. Now I use both wet and dry. When the pigments are wet they can easily be polluted by other pigments mixing in from your brush and palette. Opposite is true for the dried palette, you can easily clean the contamination of other pigments from the dried paint by simply wetting them with your brush and wipeing down to clean, pure, pigment.
I recommend that your dry pigment palette be limited to your most frequently used colors. Then you can add a squeeze of the special pigments as needed. Less waste. Especially true for those pricey $$$ tubes.
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[This message has been edited by susieshort (edited March 14, 2000).]
Thank you Susieshort for your reply to my post. I had kinda, sorta, figured that it was OK to let things dry on the palette but wanted someone else to back me up on this. At the present time I am working on my drawing skills and trying to get the hang of watercolor, both at the same time. Most of my time is spent drawing, or at least trying to, and any painting is confined to trying to master things like doing a wash without any streaks in it. This is all interesting and I can see that the only way for me to go is up from here. Once again thanks for the reply.
03-20-2000, 07:11 AM
Isn't it amazing how many different views one
can find - i.e. keeping paints wet or dry. I
usually advise my students to put a drop of water on their paints to avoid drying out. I also advise them not to cover the paints, to avoid mold or mildew. They can spend so much time trying to pick up enough color when it is dry.....! Don't think it really makes a
difference in the long run. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
A handy dandy spray bottle is great for freshing up a dry palette. I let mine dry and often give each well a spritz before starting. Also if you want your paints to stay moist you can spritz them just before you put the palette lid on. Depending on your palette they will dry out again in a day or two. So far I haven't had any mold.
03-20-2000, 09:37 PM
Msue...guess it just depends on how wet you get the paints, and how long you leave the lid on. One gal in my class had mold everywhere - what a mess! She had left the lid on for a week.
I just add fresh paint from the tube on top of the dried paint, that way you start with fresh paint and no waste. Sometimes use eye dropper to add water ocassionally if paints not used for some time,
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