How to rescue dry watercolor tubes

How to rescue dry watercolor tubes

Have you ever found yourself staring at dried-up paint, wondering if it's destined for the trash bin? We've all been there. It's a familiar dilemma for artists: the frustration of seeing once-vibrant colors reduced to hardened clumps.

But don’t worry! Before you say farewell to your beloved paint, I'll show you how to rescue and revive it. With a few simple steps, you can turn those clumpy colors into something usable again, saving both paint and money!

Follow this step-by-step technique

1. Does your paint tube look like this? 2. Fill a jar with a little water, as shown here, and dip the tip of the paint tube for a day.
3. Place the paint in the palette or pan, and use the tip of a toothpick or any other tool to remove leftover paint. Cutting the tube will make it easier. 4. Once it’s in the palette or pan, let it dry. Spray some water to reactivate it whenever you paint.
5. Use the remaining water to paint. Check out the video tutorial here and paint a mini moon with me!


I'm glad I could share these tips with you! I hope you find them useful. If you've tried rescuing your dried paint tube, please share your experiences with me—I'd love to hear from you!

April 20, 2024 — Ingrid Sanchez