I bought my paint set back in 2006. Since then, as pans of paint have been used up, i’ve merely added some more paint into the near empty pan, or put in a fresh new pan of paint. For six years this has worked for me. In the summer of 2011, painting on the beach on the gulf of mexico and again on Lake MIchigan, I dropped my paint set, and sand got in to all the little cracks and crevices. It continually annoyed me until today when I started trying to clean it out. Soon, I was prying up all the pans–a lot of them were so congealed with old paint that i had to chip away, breaking, the pan in the process, to pull out the pan.
I realized that the old paint, even if some wasn’t necessarily that old, was not going to go back into my (as near pristine as it could be using the cleaning tools available to me) kit. So i pulled out my tubes of paint and filled the clean pans with some fresh paint. The palette is different- going just with what i have: cerulean blue, prussian blue, turquoise, permanent rose, cadmium red deep, cadmium yellow, lap black, payne’s gray, sap green, olive green, hooker’s green light, and chinese white.
I realized in this process, too, that i still have a lot of wc tubes purchased when i was in college–back in 1997! While some is still squeezable, others are hard. Maybe in the interest of using up what I have, some day I’ll cut open the tube, soak the dried paint in water and see what happens. I should really deep clean my palette once a year so that it does not get as bad again!
I did not get a photo of my palette pre-cleaning, but I have a photo of the bits of paint pried out of the pans and a photo of my fresh new palette.