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  • Jay Zarkovacki

    I’ve actually heard of this tip, too. I heard it while reading about Whistler, actually. The technique seems outrageous, I thought it was a misprint.

    November 02, 2011
    • Jerry Fresia

      Hi Jay – oh well, I had thought I had invented the trick. But it stands to reason. Things under water
      have a difficult time drying. Anyway, it works.

      November 02, 2011
  • Charlotte

    It is a good trick! And I’ve heard of it in 2003, at Susan Sarback’s. At Uni, when instructed in how to write a paper, there was this quote on the first page: “Cursed are those who have had all *our* great ideas before us.” 🙂

    I’ve had a bad experience with the freezer, something happened to the paint when it was sitting there for longer than usual, and I got a pretty strong respiratory allergic reaction to it. Threw it out, squeezed out new paint, and no problem.

    November 20, 2011
  • We have all tried the spraying with water and covering with plastic wrap and freezing but a house painter, who also happens to be an artist, showed me how he keeps his large open multi-litre buckets of custom-mixed acrylic paints from forming a skin or otherwise drying out overnight. He simply carefully pours a thin layer of water on top of the liquid paint, avoiding mixing and then the next day just stirs it together. Your version of submerging the waterproof palette under water when using thicker tube acrylics follows the same principle and is an even easier procedure. Limiting ourselves to working with small quantities of expensive acrylic paints limits our creativity and inhibits our freedom with this medium. Thanks for the helpful trick to help avoid this pitfall.

    November 21, 2011
  • I am a bit late on this post (newbie), but I have used this method for about a year. Oil paints dry through oxidation – that is, exposure to oxygen. The water keeps the oxygen limited to that contained in the water. I scrape the paint onto a piece of glass and put it in a ‘tupperware’ type container, add water and (sometimes) the lid. Science is great, isn’t it?

    January 13, 2012
    • the song is Signora Disponga by Enrico Alvisi. I think it’s Italian. But? I can’t find it ANYWHERE on the internet. Searches come up with nhonitg and it’s certainly not on iTunes. I like your videos, they are lovely and informative for a beginning watercolor painter, but where did you get this song?

      March 16, 2012

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