Creating Custom Tube Colors for Plein Air Travel
Creating Custom Tube Colors
for Plein Air Travel
For the high desert of Abiquiu, I decided to mix some of the colors we will see in the rock formations and soils which will predominate our views, along with two of the greens we will find in the trees there.
Light Cedar Mix
I load the tubes with a palette knife, scooping up a big dollop of paint and gently scraping it off into the tube. Then, I tap the tube on its cap to make the paint sink down and drive air gaps out. Repeat this process until there is only about an inch of empty tube left. Hand flatten the end of the tube, squeezing the edges together and wiping off the excess. With a pair of pliers, carefully create an even crimp of about 3/16”, and fold that into the tube. Continue to crimp and fold two more times and you will have it. Don’t forget to label the tube color and put a dab of color on top of the cap. That’s all there is to it. Happy painting!
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