That's right - making one's own paint from dry pigments like in the good old times. Kama Pigments sells dry pigments and all the ingredients to make any kind of paint. Of course I had to try! My ultramarin is running low so I bought a jar of dry pigment and went to work.
I also bought an empty tube to store the mixed paint in, but the store was out of watercolor tubes. I bought the smallest oil tube instead.
As I was started to mix the paint, I had an epiphany. I was going to mix all the dry pigment. make a ton of paint and fill in the oil paint tube! Folks, trust me! This is the wrong epiphany to have!
If you try this at home please, please, please - do a small amount at a time!
I ended up with a huge mess, most likely the paint does not have enough binder. I could not mash the pigment properly. I wasted a lot of color. On the other hand, the process done properly does not seem all that complicated and it can represent a significant saving for somebody who uses a lot of paint, A jar of dry pigment was less than 6$ for 4oz. A tube of Daniel Smith is around 12$.
I suspect I will try this again until I figure out how to do it properly. But for now I have to figure out how to use the excessive amount of paint I made.
I'd love to hear from you. Did you ever try to make your own paint? What happened?