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Old 07-06-2019, 01:49 AM
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Fear of wasting paint

I absolutely love collecting paint tubes, but for some reason I'm very afraid of squeezing too much paint on my palette..

Particularly gouache because there is only one online store locally that sells gouache here, I have this weird fear that if the chance the store will close down in the future or they specific colors might get sold out indefinitely, so I won't be able to get them anymore

How do you usually overcome the fear of wasting paint?
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:01 AM
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

Buy bigger tubes, 21mi tubes of you most used colours.

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Old 07-06-2019, 09:46 AM
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

Buy bigger tubes, 37ml or 150ml of your most used colours.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:59 AM
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

Clearance sales in the stores, luckily happening upon a yard or estate sale... Where do you live?
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:17 AM
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

@Yorky, Claude
now I'm tempted to buy those big tubes now just to try!

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I live in the philippines, most stores here sell watercolor, oil, acrylic (sadly very little gouache )
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

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... live in the philippines, most stores here sell watercolor, oil, acrylic (sadly very little gouache )

Buy a very large tube of white gouache and mix it with your watercolours. You might also want to consider a medium size tube of black gouache though I haven't experimented much with black gouache and watercolour paint.
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

I can’t speak for others, but learning by experimenting and doing rather than following the various art cookbooks is what works for me. Yes it is wasteful yet necessary. Freedom to enjoy painting comes when the fear of wasting paint is overcome, and that is a work in progress.
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

I have a bigger fear of the paint going bad or hardening if I don't use it.
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

I got sick of constantly having to squeeze out more paint onto my palette. I realized that in watercolor I can rewet the leftover paint on the palette so there is no reason not to be generous with how much I squeeze out.
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Re: Fear of wasting paint

With oils, it can be tricky. It is so expensive and I try not to waste it either. I try to save what I can into little plastic pop-top cups, but only when I am in the midst of a color I mixed that happens to be perfect for that particular painting, or it's just so much of a great color I want to use again. Then I'll slip that plastic cup into a Ziplock bag.

I don't do this with watercolors of course--no need since watering the palette just brings the paint back.

Sometimes, if I have several oil paints mixed on the palette (I usually use the disposable palette paper pad) and I am working in several sittings, which is the usual MO, I will slip the entire pad into a giant Ziplock bag at the end of the session until the next day.

Even though I don't like to waste paint, mixing a little more than I need is always better than less because matching the color again can be almost impossible at times. At least, it is not always the easiest thing to do anyway.

Using a little bitty bit of the Gamblin gel medium can extend some of the color just a tad too. It doesn't make it as thin and transparent as Liquin, or does it dry it as quickly. I have preferred it over Liquin for some years now.
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