Tips for Artists to Save Water During the Drought

Tips for Artists to Save Water During the Drought

 

Change your rinse water less

Don't change your rinse water every time it gets cloudy. Instead, wait until the water begins to affect your pigment on the canvas

 

Remove excess paint from your brush before rinsing

Remove excess paint from your brush before rinsing to maximize the length of time your 'rinse water' stays effective.

 

Try oil painting

There is no water required in oil painting. Oil painters use linseed oil and paint thinners, such as turpentine.

 

Soap your brushes

Before rinsing your brushes with water, pour a layer of soap directly onto the brush tips to loosen the paint. 

 

Wear Gloves

Wearing gloves will keep you from excessively washing your hands if they become coated with paint. 

 

Keep a set of paint clothes

These are clothes that already have stains on them and can be worn anytime you're ready to start a new project. This will cut back on the water that would be used to wash your clothes.

 

Use drop cloths

Drop cloths are a great way to keep your work area clean without the use of water. 

 

Use a wax coated palette

Coating your palette in wax paper will allow you to have a fresh surface to mix your paints that you can peel away after every use.