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Since I'm not that great of a painter I normally buy paint in 2 oz. squeeze bottles (Color Traditions brand) because they're cheap and easier to get a hold of. After several hours of trying to get a bleached bone color that I was happy with I gave up and bought a pot of "Bleached Bone" from GW.
Now normally when I paint I just squeeze a little paint out of the bottle on to my palette and mix and paint from there. Leaving whatever I don't use to dry on the palette. I can't quite do that with the GW paint jars (being hard plastic and all).
So my question is, if I am painting for protracted periods do I scoop the paint out of the jar and onto my palette or is there some trick to the GW pots that keeps the paint from drying out while the lid is open thus letting me paint directly from the pot?
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I would recommend either taking your brush or a toothpick and scooping out the desired amount to be mixed onto your pallete. Keeping the lid open for a extended amount of time will probably lead to it drying out over time. I also wouldn't really recommend painting directly from the pot. It is best to thin the paint even if it is just a tiny amount.
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I usually just take some paint from the pot as needed.
they can dry out, although i think it would take quite a while, unless you had decided to paint outside because the weather was amazing then your paints may dry up fast! I don't know who would make that mistake..............
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No you don't have to worry about paint drying in the containers.
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I've still got original containers, the tall plastic tubs with the white lids, of tentacle pink, putrid green and hawk turquoise and the paint is still in good nick.
I've been to bed and work having left paint pots open for around 24 hours and the worst that has happened is the paint in the lid has dried, but thats easy to pick off and the rest of the paint seems fine.
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I once managed to salvage a pot of Regal blue that had dried up by mixing a little water and wasshing up liquid into it. I wouldnt recommend relying on that though!
You should be fine with leaving the lid open while you paint, I tend to shut the lid whilst I paint but only as I have a habit of knocking the pots over ( i dumped a load of a new Citadel Wash over my leg this weekend)
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You should really take the paint out and use a palette anyway but when it's in the pot paint's fairly resiliant.
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Adding to what slorak said about thinning, I usually thin the paints down in the pot, beacause I am lazy.
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