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Oil Paint Tubs
Photo by Moss on Unsplash

Organising your Paints

Many painters just plop their paint tubes in a big box, bin, or drawer and dig up the colour they need from there. I prefer to have my colours slightly more organised. Instead of digging around a big pile of tubes I go straight for the blue drawer or the yellow drawer. I make sure my tubes are not piled on top of each other. This way I can immediately see which one I need.  And taking out the right tube only takes a second.

My paint tubes are stored in a stationery unit, with little drawers. I have labelled each drawer according to its colour. The unit lives right underneath my palette and next to my easel. I can grab the colour I need in no time at all.

Sophie Ploeg oil paint colours

Sophie Ploeg Oil Paint colours

 

Whether you have 10 tubes of paint or 100, I can really recommend storing them organised by colour. Put them in separate compartments; each within their own colour family. Whether you use drawers like me, or boxes, or shelves, it doesn’t matter. Organised by colour means you don’t have to wade your way through all the wrong colours in order to find the right one.  It saves time and even looks nice.

Now some people organise their book case by colour too, or their wardrobe….

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About the author

Sophie is an artist, art historian, tutor, author and blogger. She writes on oil and pastel painting, art history and the life of an artist. She paints portraits and still life and specialises in painting drapery and lace.

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