Make sure it is water based paint for this, NOT grease paint. I am using some old Kryolan Aquacolor makeup that has been dried up for years! I transfer my paints into these screw together jars.
Using your stirring tool (I use a tiny flathead screwdriver), begin chopping up the dried cake.
Keep chopping. You can go as far as pulverizing it into a powder, or bigger crumbs...the finer it's chopped, the quicker it'll absorb the water.
Add some water to the dried crumbs.
Let it sit 5 minutes or so and soak.
Stir, chop, stir, chop.
Keep chopping chunks and stirring until you reach a pudding-like consistency. Too runny? Let it air dry a while. Too thick? Add more water.
Gently tap the container on the table to release bubbles and settle the paint.
Clean up the edges of your paint jar. Nobody likes to look at a sloppy kit!
Beautiful! Wet enough to instantly load your brush with a single dip. Soft enough to mix your own colors with ease.
Just dip and paint! This is as wet as I let mine get...usually it's somewhere in between. But this works great to refresh your paints if they are dry & you are preparing to paint again.
The end! You can find these Kryolan paints and handy screw-together storage jars at Paintertainment.com