Here's a time-lapse painting video of an 8"x8" oil painting:
Artist Hack: Paint Tube Organizer
Ever since I started painting seriously, I've been frustrated by not being able to organize my paint-tube storage so that I can quickly find the color I am looking for in a painting session. I tried many different types of containers and boxes and invariably the tubes always ended up looking like this:
And when you're in the middle of a painting session, the last thing you want to do is go searching for a particular color - because it disrupts your flow. A web-search reveals some possibilities but they aren't necessarily practical, depending on your workspace, studio, or working style.
It was beginning to feel hopeless until I accidentally stumbled on a perfect solution: Kitchen Drawer Metal Trays!
I happened to buy one from a thrift store for general studio storage usage and then one day I accidentally placed a paint tube in it. And voila: it was perfect for propping up all the tubes in a way that allows you to read the labels and see the colors. Here are all my oil paints, propped up in a metal tray:
I was so excited I quickly ran out and bought another one at the thrift store for my Acrylic tubes:
No more rooting around in painttube boxes. Problem solved!
The only caveat I'll add is that there is no standard size to the metal trays - some may be too shallow, or too wide or too narrow to work effectively. When you go out to buy one, carry a couple of paint tubes with you to test the tray. Most thrift stores sell these for a couple of dollars (or less!).
Share this freely with your artist friends.