View Full Version : What to do with old paints?

05-23-2018, 11:39 AM
Recently after years of using cheap paint (Artists loft, W & N Galleria, Blick student), I decided to upgrade and try using a higher quality paint. I splurged and bought a few tubes of Liquitex with excellent results.

I'm thinking of just using Liquitex from now on, but what to do with the other paint that I have? I still have quite a bit. Should I just use it until I run out? Throw it away? Sell it (even though it's used)?


05-23-2018, 04:55 PM
I was using them to do flow experiments... :)
You could eventually donate them to a school or similar... they will appreciate them :)

05-23-2018, 06:23 PM

Would you consider, do you have the time to teach a small class--say 5 students--of appropriate age, maybe 10-12 yo, for a few weeks, till the paint is gone, at the local elementary school or library? Just to introduce the kids to acrylics, or whatever else you are passing on? (Using other inexpensive materials, too. watercolor paper, Styrofoam plates for palettes, cheap throw away brushes, etc. Of course part of the teaching is brush care and clean-up before the fact, not when the paint is drying in the brush :) monochromes, using only 3 colors (there's a couple of threads here re using 3 colors--any three)

I have a ton of stuff that I'll never use (and I just came across something else I'd like to try! :eek:
A friend suggested putting some of it into a thrift store: "Think of the joy a child (of any age) might have at finding art material at a price s/he could afford!" That might be where my acrylics go.

One local art studio has yearly sales of donated materials that support the studio, and maybe offers a kid's scholarship or two /defrays expenses for some who can't otherwise afford full cost of basic classes.

Maybe a local (kids) hospital or unit can use them. Or maybe donate a few hours there with the paint?

One woman gave all her supplies to another woman with several under 10 yo foster kids.

Who's up for a challenge?

Student palette

even making small color charts so the students can see a range of colors available with a few paints

05-24-2018, 08:52 AM
Ooh look a box of crappy paint!

You can probably use that stuff for some under paintings and side projects. It's not totally useless, but compared to the higher end stuff it can be tough to find uses. If you can find someone to buy it though, could be a rather effective way to get more of the good stuff.

05-24-2018, 10:31 AM
I eat it!... errr.. aaa mmm no wait....

Seriously I use it for means that do not require the same level of material, in my case miniature paintings..

05-24-2018, 10:52 AM
Ooh look a box of crappy paint!

Have you ever considered how someone who uses these paints might feel on reading a dismissive comment like this? It's certainly not encouraging for someone who bought them through inexperience or economic necessity.

Feel free to PM me if you wish to discuss further.

05-24-2018, 12:00 PM
I eat it!... errr.. aaa mmm no wait....

Seriously I use it for means that do not require the same level of material, in my case miniature paintings..

I tried eating it, unfortunately it tastes like crap!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

05-24-2018, 12:04 PM
Ooh look a box of crappy paint!

Yes and it can be yours for three easy installments of $19.99!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

05-24-2018, 02:00 PM
I would use them as background paint and build up from there.

05-27-2018, 03:53 AM
Great to use for experimental painting - I just tried some pouring with inexpensive paints and they worked just fine for that. There are so many different experiments you can do.

Most beginning artists have all done exactly what you have done. In the beginning we buy the less expensive paints and equipment - after all, we may not continue doing art so it was a smart move.

Great question.