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View Poll Results: How many paper towels do you go through for a single painting?
None, I am the master! 14 9.86%
A few here and there 103 72.54%
Half a roll! 21 14.79%
At least 1 roll, possibly more! 4 2.82%
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Old 09-09-2002, 08:14 PM
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Paper Towel Poll :)

I know I go through a whole roll, just for a little 12x16 - am I crazy, or too type A when it comes to my hands? lol ...

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Old 09-09-2002, 08:27 PM
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I only use a few. I cut a few into small pieces ---maybe 3" x 4"----and stuff them into my pocket along with a few small pieces of newspaper. I make them small 'cause that way I use it once or twice and discard. If I have a whole one I keep trying to use every part and end up with really messy hands and arms and really dirty brushes and paint all over everything!

Glad you're still finding time to paint!!!
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Old 09-09-2002, 09:13 PM
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That's a great idea, Phyllis!

I'll give it a go. I'm trying to figure out a way to lighten my plein aire load. I'm already carrying a lot of "stuff". Those rolls of paper towels are pretty bulky ...

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Old 09-09-2002, 10:50 PM
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With a very sharp bread knife, I cut a roll of toweling in half, put a bungie cord though it and attach to my easel. It's much easier to handle the smaller pieces of toweling, plus there's less waste.
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Cutting the rolls in half is a good idea!

I answered the poll, but I actually use tissues-- faster than tearing off a paper towel, and I seem to use less paper that way.
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Clever idea Jev. I never thought of that.

I never use more than two per painting.
I often wear latex gloves to paint with cuts down on the mess.

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Old 09-09-2002, 11:20 PM
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'Course, your medium may have something to do with your paper towel consumption. Us watercolorists can probably make do with fewer paper towels than those of you with oils or acrylics...
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I guess I am messy. I use a lot of towels for my oils. A roll only lasts for 2 days. I wipe my brush a lot. I can also make a pile of ugy palette mud in no time--again the paper towels.
For personal preference, I like plain (aire) white ones that are full size.
Wet wipes or baby wipes also work good for cleaning brushes when oil painting.

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Old 09-10-2002, 08:06 AM
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Toilet paper .. rubber gloves ..
.. comes off in little squares and a roll is very squishable to make it fit in the box as well as very lightweight. I keep a towel on my belt for my hands after I remove the gloves as I always manage to get something on me before I'm done.
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Hi Folks,

I, too, use potty paper more than the paper towels. In knife painting, you do tend to do a lot of wiping, but t.p. seems to work well.

Fo doing watercolor, I take the tube out of the t.p. roll, smush it flat and apply a bit of tape so the sheets don't unravel. This is very absorbent and lasts for several paintings. When it dries, you can reuse at least one more go!

Have fun, all.

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None. I switched to facial tissues a few years back. They pop out one sheet at a time, and the cost is considerably less for the number of sheets. I get mine at the dollar store which is really cheap.
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Re: Paper Towel Poll :)

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I know I go through a whole roll, just for a little 12x16 - am I crazy, or too type A when it comes to my hands? lol ...
It depends on how thick you paint, but I use a "painter" rag from a bulk bag bought at home depot. When the rag finally gets filled up with paint (after many paintings) I toss it.

What I do is just clip it or whatever to the easel or other support, and when making color changes just paint the paint off the brush onto the rag. The rag gets slowly decorated. Every day it is essentially dry and gets progressively stiffer as it "fills up". I just expose other unpainted or lightly painted areas and keep going until it is "full".

The nice part about oils are they don't run and drip. I use paper towels to clean the pallet at the end with some OMS. It takes usually 1 or 2 to do that.
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Old 09-10-2002, 08:04 PM
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Knife painting just takes a couple of paper towels for me for a 2 to 3 hour session. Sometimes I just tear off a few and put them in my easel. I don't take an entire roll with me.
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Old 09-10-2002, 08:34 PM
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Here's an idea for an entrepreneur, little squares of "Artist Wipes" just big enough for a #12 filbert or a large painting knife. They come right out of the box, like tissues! Now moistened with turpenoid!

I give this million seller freely, LOL!

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my paintings, done in two stages.... 1) ragging in, and 2) winding or finishing up uses typically first an old shirt torn up into small rags...then paper towels.

one hand has about 4-6 brushes sticking out of it, broken into either values or warm and cool....and perhaps that keeps some of my wiping down to more a minimum. Trees are a renewable resource though!!

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