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Title: Paint Palettes
Post by: liz on February 27, 2018, 07:35:28 AM
Do you have a favorite palette?  I'm always looking for something easy to use and easy to clean. 
See 'Choosing the Right Palette' http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com (http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com)


 :painting: -Liz
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: Happychappy on February 27, 2018, 12:29:22 PM
Liz, Thank you so much for the article on palettes because I have lost the one I purchased for acrylics in our move and was looking to purchase another, for I find the acrylics dry so quickly which is a pain. I actually went across the River to the USA to purchase a palette yesterday but could not find anything suitable. I remember Nolan telling us that plastic Tupperware containers with lids work well and you also confirmed it.  So thank you for reminding me.


Patricia
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: Val on February 27, 2018, 03:47:14 PM
Great article Liz.  When I did acrylics, I used an old plastic lid with about a 1/4 or 3/8" lip. I cut a thin piece of foam which I soaked and then laid a piece of grease proof paper over the top which the paints were then squeezed on top. I also found that a thick layer of Viva towels worked very well for the wet layer. It worked quite well. I always had the spritzer handy to help keep them moist.  O0

When not in use a piece of cling wrap helped keep them moist (usually had to peel a bit of the paint off for use), stretch and seal worked the best. Store in a cool place (not easy down here). Sometimes I'd get an extra day out of them, but I tried not to put out more paint than I thought I would need.
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: liz on February 28, 2018, 06:45:31 PM
 :) PATRICIA, if you want to do Chinese way of painting (my husband calls it that!), just look for small, medium, large size containers with lids and save your money for canvases and new brushes!  I had to purge my stash or my studio would look like a junk yard! I hope you find the right palette, shallow with lid, from Tupperware.  Cookie sheet size will take care of all your needs!


VAL, did you see the photo of the plate I used for a small job- plastic plate with Saran Wrap to cover if I step away for a short while.  I like disposable stuff for small touch ups.


For big oil clean ups itís easier to clean up right away, but once in a while I get lazy and forget then come back a couple days later and have to scrape paint off my glass palate.  Iím looking for a paint scraper like the kind house painters use so I wonít break off the handle of my palette knife!  >:( ~Liz
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: stoney on March 03, 2018, 01:39:25 AM
Liz, Thank you so much for the article on palettes because I have lost the one I purchased for acrylics in our move and was looking to purchase another, for I find the acrylics dry so quickly which is a pain. I actually went across the River to the USA to purchase a palette yesterday but could not find anything suitable. I remember Nolan telling us that plastic Tupperware containers with lids work well and you also confirmed it.  So thank you for reminding me.


Patricia


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You can wet several paper towels, put it in the bottom with wax paper, parchment paper, or butcher paper on top.

You can also go to a glass shop and have them cut and sand the edges of thick glass.   I used 1 quarter inch glass.  It will cost less if they can use a chunk of used glass they've got around.

Pictured is a tortilla holder.  you can put wet paper towel on top of the glass and paper on top or cut a sponge to fit for an acrylic palette.

You can put paint right on the glass for oils.  I've done that for smaller works.  My main is a rectangular Masterson that I had glass cut to fit.
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 03, 2018, 04:10:25 AM
Wanted to get my new watercolor Arteza paints onto a palette, so created my own from a plastic paper portfolio (1.00 at a thrift shop).  I have 24 Arteza paints and three new Daniel Smith colors in it (bottom left).  Look at the richness of this Arteza paint!  I love it.  Their 140lb. watercolor paper is great too.  Prices are very reasonable.


aloha

mea
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: Happychappy on March 03, 2018, 11:35:34 AM
Wow! Mea, their colours are very vibrant.  Love the way you have arranged them.   Patricia
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: Val on March 03, 2018, 06:13:48 PM
Interesting palette Mea.
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: liz on March 03, 2018, 07:17:39 PM
Hi Stoney,  I also like using a glass palette that fits into my Masterson.  I took 2 pieces of glass from old picture frames and taped them together with a piece of cardboard that came with one of the frames, making it a toned palette.


Mea, your new palette looks great and like it would be fun to use.  With water color pencils I enjoy trying the different colors and blending them with the water brush. I donít do water color and with acrylic and oil paint, my main palette consisted of 2 yellows, 2 reds, 2 blues, the warm and cool of each, plus burnt umber and white.  I like the seascape palettes best with usually no more than 4 or 5 tube colors. 
 :painting: ~Liz
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: MaryAnne Long on March 03, 2018, 07:23:53 PM
Thanks, Liz.

I, too, put together a limited palette (warm and cool primary colors) just as you described.  But, I get carried away and keep trying new brands of paint.  I should just stick with a limited palette!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: scouserl41 on March 03, 2018, 11:13:24 PM
My favorite palette for oils is a paper plate. I just throw it away when I'm done. I tried tiles and glass but I'm too lazy to clean them!!
Brian
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: liz on March 07, 2018, 07:11:23 PM
Hi Brian, I use paper plates or other disposables for touch ups, but for regular projects I paint too slow and over a few days so I have to store the paint. ~Liz
 :painting:
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: scouserl41 on March 16, 2018, 03:19:01 AM
Wrap the plate in cling film and put it in the fridge to keep oils usable.
Brian
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: liz on March 16, 2018, 07:20:27 PM
Hi Brian, when Iím too lazy to clean oil brushes I put them in a plastic bag (with or without the paper plate palette) and tie them with a twistee.  Then I clean them the next day.  I havenít put paint into the refrig or freezer yet because my Masterson palette wonít fit, but I suppose I could scrape the paint into something smaller to save it.  I learned never to leave bristle brushes soaking because they will be destroyed, misshapened.  As a matter of fact, I donít even soak acrylic brushes.  I rinse them out to clean later because water will get into the handle and some of my old old brushes have paint on the handles cracking off.
Liz
Title: Re: Paint Palettes
Post by: Happychappy on March 16, 2018, 08:12:35 PM
 :thankyou:  Liz for your husband's "Chinese painting" tip about containers. Will have to go to the Dollar store at some point.


 :thankyou:  too Stoney for your recommendations and my apologies for missing the posts and not thanking you both sooner.


Patricia