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I decided to make a quick wet palette

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I decided to make a quick wet palette
Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 8:02 AM

Back at Christmas my now present wife made Lazagna to take to her relatives and a small one for home. We went to the Dollar Tree store and got some of those cheap disposable aluminum pans with red lids. You bake in them, when done toss them out. Well we had a couple of 8" ones left here that I've been flipping the lid over and using as a quik easy palette for acrylic paints to doodle in art work. So I thought I'd take the bottom, put in some water, soak that up with enough paper towels that they remain soggy. I cut a piece of parchment paper to lay in there and now it sits with the top on it. I'll be curious to see how this goes.

Just thought I'd pass on this ridiculously inexpensive approach to a wet palette. It seems we toss too much artist grade acrylic paints here ( my wife has taken up scenic painting and she is doing amazingly well at it too), this way maybe we can stretch the mixes out for a few days at least, heck even if just a couple of days it's better than just turning around to mix a new batch tomorrow. Thx for reading, any tips on the approach welcome !

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Posted by armornut on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 8:16 AM

    Wet palletes are awsome, be sure to use bottled water or distilled water to prevent mold and mildew. I also noted that if you plan on leaving paint on the parchment only do so for a day or so. I had mine seperate and bleed thru to my barrier and sponge. That said it worked great for a day of use. Hope this info helps and HAPPY MODELING.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 8:37 AM

We keep 1 gal bottles bottled water here and also filter our own drinking water. Good tip !

For whatever reason distilled water has been hard to find around here lately, hit or miss kind of thing.

For models I mostly airbrush and my brush painting on them I doubt time wise really needs the palette, though I do use acrylics for brushing and also mix my own colors quite a bit. But mostly the wet palette is targeting the art work that goes on around here.

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 9:17 AM

If your paints last a day or more, that's a plus. But the big plus of a wet pallet to me is the paint maintaining it's proper level of 'wetness' once you have it right for a whole session rather than having to constantly add water to adjust for evaporation.

Hope you enjoy your new pallet.

-Greg

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 9:48 AM

Greg

If your paints last a day or more, that's a plus. But the big plus of a wet pallet to me is the paint maintaining it's proper level of 'wetness' once you have it right for a whole session rather than having to constantly add water to adjust for evaporation.

Hope you enjoy your new pallet.

 

Ok Greg, thanks for that. I'll just say that with acrylics it helps to keep the brush itself damp, in art work that can be with a medium ( mat, gloss, retarding etc) or water or both, most often water. If the paint tends to stop flowing out nice or feels draggy or sticky on the canvas we re dampen the brush. Makes a huge difference. But the palette is important too, as you say..

By the way, on models I'm now more brush painting engines, interiors and details all with acrylic, more than spraying ecxept maybe for a base color and priming. If the paint can last a full day on the wet palette, even that's a gain because I may paint in the morning with good intentions, then not get back to it till late afternoon. Course I understand that my version of wet palette is crude at best. I don't know, it's damp, I dropped a drop of black on there and will see how it holds up.

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