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Lesson Plans

Refilling watercolors

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Gina Booth (
Mon, 8 Jan 1996 18:55:49 -0600 (CST)

Is it possible to refill used up elementary school watercolor pans with
tube watercolors, or is that too expensive. What about refilling the tins
with tempera paint, would that work? I'm especially thinking of yellow
that runs out the fastes. My whole class is about out of yellow.

Last year I refilled some pans with cheap not quite waterproof acrylic
paints but they dried solid and waterproof(for once!).

Another question, is it my imagination or has the student grade acrylic
paint gotten really runny in the last five years? My high school students
used to keep paint in 35mm paint cannisters and the old paints I still
have in gallonjugs are fine, but all the new ones I've ordered in the
last two or three years are quite runny, in fact, if the students 35 mm
cannister jar tips over
it all runs out. I have turned all my acrylic lessons into watercolor
lessons as that is about the consistancy of the paint, like egg whites.

This years batch of gallon jar of acrylic paint was even thinner. My seventh
graders do
printing with foam rollers on styrofoam and the paint this year was so
thin we just had to throw out the prints and get out a little bit of old
paint squeezed from the last of my gallon jars from several years ago. I
guess I'll just have to start ordering a higher grade of acrylic paint.
I like to order my acrylics in gallon jugs. I do not want to identify the
company as I do like everything else they have and all of their help.