I'm sure I'm not the only artist who squeezes out portions of color from his or her collection of paint tubes, only to find that once the painting is finished, there are little mounds of still-usable paint left on the palette. (Of course, by palette, in my case I mean the plastic lid to a cool whip bowl.)
If we're discussing watercolors, the paint is perfectly fine to leave alone until water is added once again. But...what do we do with those little globs of acrylics that will soon be a psychedelic relief map?
I admit to resorting to storing my palette full of still-wet paint in a ziploc bag, which did the trick for a day or so. I think I might have been on to something, but it wasn't exactly perfect...
On a side note, I've been known to make use of even paint spills:
Yes, that watercolor ACEO is from a puddle of watercolor that had gotten spilled on some furniture. (oops!) I hastily used some of it before the rest was wiped up with a rag.
Last weekend I had finished an acrylic painting, and had quite a bit of paint left over. Of course, I hated to see all of it go to wasted, so I began dabbing bits of it onto cold-pressed paper, and came up with a few ACEOs.
I'm actually quite happy with the results, and now am faced with the task of giving each of them a title. Which could be another entire post in itself...