Saving oil paint is always on the oil artist mind. (my opinion)
Everyone has heard how well putting paint in the freezer works, and I did that successfully for years. Living in a motor home with a small freezer made that no longer work for me too well.
Next I heard about paint under water. Surprisingly it works, and I did not need to refrigerate. I have some small Carmex Lip Gloss (stuff) (the jar is 1.25" wide and 1" tall--small). I can scrape up my little dabs and wipe off on the edge of the inside of the jar placing the extra paint around the edge. That works well, and if the paint starts to get older - like for paintings you have not finished yet so you still want those colors - just dig them out and add a tiny drop of Linseed oil, mix up and put back in the jar. Paint keeps for a month or so. Eventually though, I had 15 of those little jars of dabs of paint. Any jar that you can seal with water will work. Fill completely bulging full of water....dont want any air.
I still felt like I was wasting paint, I mean 15 jars!
After I painted the aspen painting I mixed a bunch of cad yellow and did not use it. Next trip I made to Hobby Lobby I noticed that any paint that mentioned CADMIUM the price was about $27 --- considerably more than other colors that sold for $12+ or $8+.
I bought some baby syringes at Walmart pharmacy (they charged me $.10 ea) - the nice thing is that there was no needle and it had a sort of thing on the end so you could not poke the babies mouth. I put some plastic wrap over the syringe's end and then the cap. I filled the hole with glue turning it into a seal able lid and stood on end til dry. I loaded the paint in the syringe and put the plunger in. I can see the color in the tube.
OH, I just combined all the little dabs of similar colors together. I have a really dark purplish color, a lighter reddish brown color, a darker reddish brown color, and all that cad yellow. All the other colors I mixed together and made a nice gray. When I need gray I squirt some out and adjust it (lighter, darker, warmer, cooler).
The icing on the cake was when I found I could take the plunger out and add a similar color in the tube and re seal. It is completely air tight.
Problem is that the size of the syringe was small and difficult to load. A bit messy, but after wiping down it still worked.
Next I went on a quest to find something better, larger. The syringe on the left in the photo above is a Normal Saline 10ml size. It comes with a screw on lid and is much larger and more easy to fill. The opening for the filling end is slightly over 1 & quarter inch.
I found a supplier in e-bay and ordered from him. The important thing is to verify that what you are getting has a screw on cap and NO needle.
10mL Pre-Filled Saline leur lock Syringe Flush 0.9% Sodium Chloride - Lot of 7
You can contact David direct if you wish. David@McGee.Net
Be sure to tell him you want the syringe with no needle and the screw on cap on the end. He sends you a PayPal invoice and you pay. My transaction with David for the syringes was in September 2013. His phone number is 704-770-1733 and he is in Charlotte, NC. Free shipping.
In the past I have also purchased empty 37ml metal paint tubes. Problem there is they hold an enormous amount of paint. I used them to pre mix my gray paint according to value that I used for the gray layer in the Flemish method of my seven layers paintings.
So, am hoping this information might benefit those who want to save old paint or pre mix their favorite color to use all the time.
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