How To Store Oil Paints 

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Are you learning how to store oil paints? Whether you’re an experienced artist or just starting, at some point you’re going to want to store your oil paintings. Storing them properly is crucial for keeping them in good condition and preventing damage. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to store oil paintings. Read on to learn more!

How To Store Oil Paints?

How to store oil paints

Oil paint is a popular type of paint that wears off slowly and is made up of pigment particles suspended in a drying oil, usually linseed oil. Often, artists use oil paints for creating artwork as it allows them to produce intense coloring and detailed shapes.

As anyone who has used oil paints knows, they often come in tubes. If you’re an artist who uses oil paints, you may be wondering how to store your paint tubes so that the paint inside stays fresh for your next painting session. 

One way to store your paint tubes is by holding them upright with the caps on and wrapping them tightly in aluminum foil. To hold the paint tubes, you will need a paper towel. Fold the paper towel into thirds and then place the paint tubes on the paper towel.

Wrap the paper towel around the paint tubes and then put them in a plastic bag. You can also put a few drops of clove oil inside the tube to help preserve the paint.

Another way to store oil paint tubes is by screwing the caps on tightly and then immersing them in a container filled with clove oil up to the level of the cap. This will help keep all the air out of the tube. Whichever way you choose to store your paint tubes, make sure they are in a cool, dark place. 

You may also be wondering how much paint to squeeze out of the tube and onto your palette. When starting a painting session, it’s always best to start with fresh paint, so squeeze out only as much as you need for that particular painting session.

A good rule of thumb is to start with only a few drops from each color onto your glass palette. You can always add more if you need it. 

Once you have squeezed out the desired amount of paint onto your palette, be sure to mix it with a palette knife before using it. This will help ensure that the paint is consistent and prevent any cross-linking that can occur when storing oil paints for long periods. 

Clove oil isn’t the only way to store oil paints – there are other ways as well. Another way to store oil paints is on a glass palette. To keep the paint fresh, add a few drops of clove oil to the glass palette.

Clove oil will help to keep all the air out of the palette and prevent the paint from drying out. Store the glass palette in a plastic bag and then seal the bag. Store the bag in a cool, dark place for about a week.

Some artists prefer to cover their palette with cling film or plastic wrap after each painting session – this helps the paint stay fresh until the next time they use it. Others believe that putting their palette inside a zip-lock baggie after each session helps keep their paints from drying out between painting sessions. 

If you are planning on storing your oil paints for a longer period, you may need to invest in some art supplies storage boxes. Art supply storage boxes are made of plastic and are available in different sizes. They come with dividers that allow you to store different colors of paint in each compartment. Art supply storage boxes also have lids that prevent air from entering the box and drying out the paint

Whatever way you choose to store your oil paints, be sure to keep them away from extreme heat or cold as this can damage the paint. Also, avoid throwing your money away by storing your brushes and other art supplies properly. Wipe your brush clean after each painting session. Use a paper towel or cotton ball to absorb excess paint from your palette. And finally, don’t forget to label your paintings so you can easily find them when it’s time to start painting again!

Whatever method you choose, just remember that storing your oil paints properly will help extend their life and save you money in the long run! Happy painting!

5 Ways To Prevent Oil Paint From Drying Out?

How to store oil paints

As an artist, one of the last things you want to happen is for your oil paints to dry out. Unfortunately, it’s a common problem that can be caused by several factors, from the temperature of your studio to the type of paint tube you’re using. But don’t worry – there are a few simple measures you can take to keep your paint fresh and help it stay fresh for longer.

One way to prevent oil paint from drying out is to store it in a cool, dark place. Extreme heat or cold temperatures can cause the pigments in paint to break down, so avoid storing your tubes in direct sunlight or near a radiator. If you’re Plein air painting, make sure to keep your paint inside an insulated box or bag when you’re not using it.

Another way to extend the life of your oil paints is to seal the tubes tightly after each session. This will prevent air from getting in and cause the paint to oxidize. You can also buy special plastic caps that fit over the ends of paint tubes or use aluminum foil or cling film to create a tight seal.

If you’re worried about your paint drying out, you can add a few drops of clove oil inside the tube before sealing it. This will help to keep the paint fresh for about a week. Just be sure not to use too much clove oil, as it can make the paint smell unpleasant.

Finally, it’s important to remember that oil paints are a lot more versatile than other types of paint – so don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of storing them! 

How Long Can Oil Paints Be Stored?

How to store oil paints

How long can oil paints be stored? This is a question that every artist must ask at some point in their painting career. The short answer is that oil paints can be stored indefinitely, provided they are stored properly. 


Oil paint is a versatile and durable medium, but it requires careful storage to stay fresh and workable. Tubes of oil paint are particularly prone to drying out, so it’s important to take steps to seal in the moisture. 

All the air in an oil paint tube is bad for the paint and will cause it to dry out faster. You can extend the life of your oil paints by storing them in an airtight container with as little headspace as possible. 

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Josh Cohen

I love to paint, mostly nature and I dabble in some abstract paintings. Here I will share some tips and tricks I learned over the years.

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I love to paint, mostly nature and I dabble in some abstract paintings. Here I will share some tips and tricks I learned over the years.

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