Monday, July 30, 2012

Storage for Oil Paint

I have several hundred tubes of oil paint. I store the tubes in air tight Zip Loc bags organized into twelve bags as follows: Red Purple / Red / Red Orange / Orange / Yellow Orange / Yellow / Yellow Green / Green / Blue Green / Blue / Blue Purple / Purple / Blacks, Whites and Grays. This is an efficient chromatic storage based on the Munsell Color Wheel. It is much easier to find a tube by searching just the bag containing the tubes in various tints, shades and full chroma of one of the twelve hue families. The air tight bags also prevent oxidation drying of the oil paint in the tubes. If you have a large freezer you could place them in the freezer for long term storage.