Sunday 29 May 2016

Storage: Watercolour Tubes

Increasingly, I want to use paint straight from the tube to get a more intense effect, so I need to find tubes easily - the tubes I threw into a drawer...and the writing is so small on them, it was taking ages! I temporarily had them sorted by colour in a plastic tray but I had too many paints...then I stumbled on this in Tiger (Flying Tiger in the USA - a wonderful Danish chain) and it turned out to be PERFECT! It is their Opbevarginsbokse (Storage Boxes), and comprises 3 tiered boxes that can be stacked in any order that lock together, plus a lid. Each box has 6 sections, so there's 18 sections in all. The sections are EXACTLY the right size for 5mL paint tubes! This might also work for people who can get to a Tiger shop :O)

My Winsor & Newton Artist's Watercolours are coded with numbers than ultimately run from 001 to 799 at present - though only about 100 are ever in use at a time, I have discontinued colours from 1979 to 2002, so those numbers I do need to consider. I split the top layer into 3 rows - "000", "100", "200" and each row has two sections e.g. "000-049" and "050 to 099". This allowed me to get all of them into the box with room to spare - there are two sections in the bottom layer free for something when the time comes.

View from above - showing the handled lid and the 6 sections of the top layer.

View from the front...yes I left the label on, I'm that much of a slattern.

The top layer from inside - all of these are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours but many different branding designs as I have paints from 1979 to present as I have a lot of discontinued old stock I got for £1 a tube this year.


  1. That’s a lot of paint, it's no wonder you need a special storage box to keep it all in! Me, I don't get into arts and crafts too much, my paint would dry up before I had the chance to store them away! Haha!

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