How to Save Paint without Putting It in the Freezer or Refrigerator


Have you ever been told to put your palette in the refrigerator or freezer so your paint wouldn’t dry out between sessions?

I’m betting you have.

This is such common advice, and although well intentioned, it’s terrible advice for a couple of reasons.

Number 1: You should never store paints alongside of food. That should be enough right there. Paint off gasses. And you’re going to put it next to food??

Number 2: Temperatures below freezing alter the molecular structure of paint.

I get asked about this a lot, and about what to do instead. And after it came up again inside both my online course and free Facebook group, I decided it was time to talk about it some more.

After mixing a beautiful palette of paint, people want to keep that paint wet so they can use it longer.  No one wants to waste paint.

So I’m going to cover how you can keep the main three wet longer: watercolor, acrylic, and oils.


Watercolor (Remember they don’t have to stay wet.)
Mijello Fusion Airtight/Leakproof Palettes
Add a damp paper towel. Be sure to replace every week.

Masterson Sta-Wet Premier Palette
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet with Lid
Use 3-4 layers of damp paper towel with a piece of palette paper on top.

Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal
Any palette box with clove oil on pads or q-tips.

What’s your favorite way to keep your paint workable?

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