Tubes or pans?

Tubes for frequently-used colors, pans for select colors.

As far as quality goes, there is no difference between tubes and pans. A pan is just tube paint that has been poured into a little plastic mold and allowed to dry.

Tubes are usually cheaper than pans in the long run. You can buy empty pans and refill them several times from a single tube. I use tubes for the colors that I use every day.

For select, infrequently used artist grade colors, look for individual half pans. It’s cheaper to buy a small amount than an entire tube that may be used rarely. Toss them unto an empty Altoid mint tin, and you’re ready to paint!


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