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I'm sure this is a question that many people (including myself) have asked themselves when getting into this craft (with Reaper paints at least). Part of this topic (and this post) is a question geared toward each and every painter (that uses Reaper paints) out there, as this question cannot truly be answered in terms of time, as each person paints a different way. The other part of this topic is actually an answer, in one way an answer to the question posted. TO SCIENCE! I recently received an order from Reaper in which I bought their pack of 3 empty bottles to use for custom paint mixes, and water-down mixes. The other reason I bought them was to test just how much you can get out of them. I saw posts and tutorials saying "Use x drops of this paint and Y drops of enough", and sometimes those where 3-5 drops. My first fear was that I'd be going through paints like water! After using them a bit I realize thats not the case, but wondered; Just how many drops are in a 1/2oz bottle? (approximately) So I decided to break out the science! And by that I mean a small measuring spoon. Lets get some constants going here: Being in Canada, the measurements I'm using are in milileters, or ml. 1/2 or 0.5oz = 14.7868ml The primary measuring instrument I am using is 2.5ml, which is approximately half a teaspoon (so others can replicate these tests). Now lets get started, to test this I filled one of the droppers with regular (Canadian) Tap water. I then proceeded to drop individual drops one by one into the cup until it was at the top, counting as I went. I repeated this several times and each time I got a nice round number of about 80 Drops per 2.5ml. This evens out to about 32 Drops per 1ml. If there are 32 Drops in a single ml, and 14.7868ml in a dropper that means you get about 473 Drops Per Bottle! Keep in mind for a number of reasons this is a rough estimate: -Not every bottle will have exactly 1/2oz, some may have a little more, or a little less -These are drops of water. Drops of paint are going to be different sizes, and thus more or less than 473 -You dont always have to use a full huge drop of paint if you only need a small amount (mixing) Still its a neat thing to know that you'll get at LEAST 400 drops on average, so if something calls for 4 drops, don't worry, you can do that over 100 times! One last thing on the drop subject, if we get about 473 drops per bottle, and each bottle costs about $3.29, that means you are paying about $0.007 per drop! Not a bad value if you ask me! Now we return to the first part of the topic, how long it takes painters to go through a bottle. That is where I turn to you, the community, the experts. How long does a bottle of paint (preferably Reaper, but can list others as long as you mention the brand) last you? What colors do you go through the most? Is there a specific color you find yourself constantly running low on? What color or colors do you find yourself using the least, not because you dont like them, but because you can never find a use for them? Also do you have any tips to keep your paint in good condition, to to make it last longer. Such as using painting mediums to increase volume? Dont forget to like this post, or others like it if you found them fun or useful!