How to Save Leftover Acrylic Paint for Later

A quick tip on how to save acrylic paint for later! If you mix too much acrylic paint or pour too much paint out of the tube, do you know what to do with the leftover paint?

A quick tip on how to save acrylic paint for later! If you mix too much acrylic paint or pour too much paint out of the tube, do you know what to do with the leftover paint? If you're planning to continue painting the next day, you can't just leave it, cause acrylic paint will dry by then. You can watch the video on how to keep acrylic paint wet overnight and longer or keep reading.



Mixed too much acrylic paint?


You know how you sometimes mix too much acrylic paint or pour too much paint out of the tube? What do you do with the leftover paint? If you're planning to continue painting the next day, you can't just leave it, 'cause acrylic paint will dry by then.

How to save leftover paint for reuse


Here's one tip! Instead of pouring and mixing paint on a palette, use little containers you can close. The paint won't dry out when the lid is closed. That way you don't have to waste the leftover paint. And if you've mixed a good color and you want to come back to the painting later, it might be impossible to mix the exact same color again. But if you mix more of it to begin with and save the leftovers in a container, you won't have that problem.

I have a couple of clear plastic containers specifically for paint, but I mostly use old face cream and makeup containers I've cleaned. The tighter the lid is, the longer the paint will stay wet. It's also a good idea to put the containers into an airtight bag and keep it in a cool place like the fridge to further delay the drying. 

A quick tip on how to save acrylic paint for later! If you mix too much acrylic paint or pour too much paint out of the tube, do you know what to do with the leftover paint?
Transparent plastic containers and cosmetics and makeup containers with lids for storing paint.


Cleaning the container


Even though the paint stays wet for longer in the closed container, it will still dry out eventually, if you don't use it. You can clean the plastic container again by scraping off the dried acrylic paint with a knife and then washing with soap and water or just by peeling it off, depending on the container you used.

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