Does anyone get sick of complying with your kids' demands of more and more paint... to end up throwing most of it away? It really, really bugs me. I have no problem with my kids using loads of art supplies but I hate wasting it.
To try to ease my pain of wastage I keep a leftover paint canvas which is Cakey's artwork in progress. This canvas makes an appearance when I am faced with a painting session about to abruptly end and a ton of unused paint. I never supply any new paint for this canvas. Sometimes she doesn't want to paint on the canvas and sometimes it sparks her interest and the painting session lasts longer.
Here is the progression of our current leftover paint canvas, it has gone through four painting sessions:
The canvas has become a beautiful layered painting. Unfortunately Cakey has started to lose interest in this canvas so I think it might be time to start a new one.
My other technique to deal with leftover paint is to simply seal the tubs with cling wrap and hope to use them the following day. More often than not, this simply delays the cleaning process!!
How do you avoid being left with unused paint?
Do you have any handy tips for using up leftover paint?
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