I’m just wondering if anyone around here uses a wet palette? I saw them for sale at the local hobby shop…then searched online and have seen how to make them for next to nothing…and I’m thinking about giving it a try…anyone have positive or negative things to offer on the subject?
Once I tried it last year I haven’t gone back. Saves on paint, keeps the consistency nice and workable (i.e. paints continue to go on nice and smooth), you won’t find you need to keep loading up your brush with drying paint, it’s inexpensive and very easy to clean up.
I use a small square ceramic baking dish with a couple of layers of paper towel in the bottom with water right up to the level of the paper towel, then parchment paper on top as the wet palette.
Can’t believe I didn’t start years ago. It sounds like more work to set up… but it isn’t once you’ve done it once and know how to do it. Plus paints aren’t cheap so if it saves you from wasting paints that dry out by putting them in an otherwise dry palette or from leaving the caps open in your paints… then it’s saving you money over the long haul.
So I’m sold on this idea already! I made one last night out of a small plastic container with lid and a dish sponge cut to fit it…this I topped with a piece of baker parchment paper…water was added up to the top of the sponge and off I went. I working on a whole squad of 28mm German infantry right now so was working with a large blob of mixed green/gray paint…about 4 models in my daughter (3yo) woke up from a bad dream and I had to go calm her down…I closed the lid on my palette and went to comfort her…of course I fell asleep…:~
When I had a few minutes to paint before work this morning…I opened the lid…stirred the paint a little and went back to work…FANTASTIC! It was just fine 12 hours later!
Cant paint without. Mine is home made as well. A CD cover and a foam facecloth (those disposable ones you bulk by when you start having kids) - cotton wool should work as well - and same kind of vaxed parchment paper (here we have them cut into size (to be use in our lunch boxes - and 500 sheets for a few $). Idea is 100% stolen from Rune Kapple (http://www.kaple.dk/v2/)
One thing I am quickly realizing is how little paint I actually need to put on my wet palette…I realize that I have been assuming that about %50 of the paint I squeeze out was going to dry up…so now I only need to use 1/2 as much to do the same amount of work…awesome!
I’ve been using a wet palette for years actually. It makes mixing paints super easy! I use a cheap plastic plate with some parchment paper on it and just add water. There are some with lids that keep paint usable for days on end but I don’t think I’d have a use for something so elaborate. It keeps a tiny dot of paint wet for far longer than it would normally so my paint pots don’t dry out anymore!
If you’ve never used one, add some water so the parchment paper is WET but not floating on water. I usually soak both sides of the paper before use and use the little bubbles of water sitting on the paper to thin down my paints as needed. For anyone who has graduated from painting straight out of a paint pot to shading their colours, a wet palette is awesome!
Talked to my granddad about this, he’s a professional painter and stuff. He told me that storing/putting it away works best if you keep it in a fridge and then spray a bit of water above it every day to prevent it from drying out (using one if those sprays you can use to water plants ;P) and you ofcourse have to keep the surface underneath moist.
I use one too. I will not paint without one now. I have used a ceramic tile, ceramic dish, plastic paint pots, plastic paint pots lined with aluminium foil, plastic sheets but nothing comes close to my wet palette. I have tried a few versions/sizes and I have found a 2nd hand stainless steel serving dish to be perfect, both in depth and size. Here is a picture of it on my old paint table.
I bought this tray in an opp shop (opportunity/thrift shop) for about AUD$2. I use “baking” paper (which is what it is called in Australia and NOT wax paper). And use about 10-20 sheets/squares of paper towel for the ‘wet’ part of the palette. I have had paint sitting on the palette for 24 hours, and there is very little wastage. I love mine.
Here is another version of my wet palette.
It is a Tupperware TV dinner tray, which again I bought from an opp shop for about AUD$1 These do appear on eBay ALL the time, and are dirt cheap. I like this one because a cool place to keep my brushes, water and dry paper towel.
Here is a better image the Tupperware dinner tray.