Waste Not: Recycling solvents and paint

Just popping in here to share a little something cool. When my solvents start to stop cleaning my brushes, I know it’s time to clean it. I used to dread the process but not once I figured out a clean (and resourceful) way to do it. All you need is an old spaghetti sauce jar! 

 

1. Start with your can of dirty solvent. Make sure it’s good and mixed up so the pigment at the bottom is well immersed in the liquid.  

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2. Dump the contents into the jar. Use a brush or palette knife to scoop in any remaining pigment to the jar. I like to give the bucket a good wipe with a rag after to make it nice and clean. 

 

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3. Wait. Wait as long as you want. Overnight is good enough for me but the longer you wait the more the pigment will settle. 

 

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4. Carefully pour the solvent back into your can.  

 


 

5. What’s left is the myriad of paint you have been using. I think Gamblin colors calls this “torrit gray.” DONT WASTE IT! The solvent will continue to separate from the pigment. Keep pouring the solvent back and eventually the pigment will get harder. You can use it! Add oil or more solvent to tint canvasses or use as a gray!

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