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VicCina Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

So I've started using a wet Palette, specifically the Reaper Miniatures one. I'm finding that within a day of using the paint and leaving the lid closed when not using it, all of the paint turns into a big watery mess. I've tried less water and the paper curls up and I'm guessing I have too much water when the paint melts into a wash. Anyone have a suggestion on how to correct this? Should I go to the paper towel form of wet palette and get rid of the sponge?

Kelly Armstrong Inactive Member24 Jul 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

I just use a plastic pencil box, sponge cut down to size and the wet-palette paper stuff. I add water so there is visibly standing water around edges of sponge in box. Place paper down, it curls a bit and then relaxes in a few minutes and then ready to paint. No problem with paint getting runny between uses.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

I for one am not afraid to give up on something when it doesn't work.

45thdiv24 Jul 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

I have had this issue too. Both with paper towels and sponges. My thought is that I have too much water. But I
like to wet blend the paints, so this works for me.

VicCina Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 7:46 a.m. PST

I like to wet blend my paints too but when the two or three colors I have on the palette turns into mud, it doesn't help much.

Chgowiz24 Jul 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

I use a simple wax paper/sponge/tupperware set up, and the water runs when the paper is smaller than the sponge, the water will find a way to get onto the surface. I like the paper to be slightly larger than the sponge.

I haven't had curl with the wax paper, but when it gets dried, I get my finger wet and run it on the dried area till it gets wet again.

thosmoss24 Jul 2017 8:53 a.m. PST

My set-up is like Chgowiz, but I use parchment paper instead of wax paper. No problems at all.

Heisler24 Jul 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

I wasn't aware the Reaper made a wet palette. Are you perhaps talking about the one from Privateer Press.

jwebster24 Jul 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

One solution is to take the sponge out before storing and squeeze out excess water, then replace.


VicCina Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Yes, the palette is from Privateer Press. My mistake.

The paper I'm using is the size of the sponge. I pulled the staples out of the pack holding the paper so I could use the full sheet.

I'll have to give the parchment paper a test and see what happens.

repaint24 Jul 2017 3:28 p.m. PST

a bit hijacking the thread but will this parchment paper do?:


ced110624 Jul 2017 4:17 p.m. PST

The wet palette keeps your paint wet while you use it. The paint will separate overnight, but, at least for advanced tabletop, the separated out white stuff is useful for thinning paints.

I've read that you can store a dry or wet palette in the fridge to keep your paints wet, before and after painting.

Reddit: link

P3 review: link

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

I've had the same problem of paint running together. I've started using the paper towel/parchment paper/tupperware set up and so far it's worked. After about 4 colors I start to run out of room and just toss the paper.

John Leahy24 Jul 2017 4:35 p.m. PST

Hi, I have the same wet palette box. My paint would stay good for 5 to 7 days. Make sure it is damp but not soaking. If your paint runs everywhere it's too wet. My paint generally stays in the same spot I am working with it. I don't paint as much now so use it much less.


CeruLucifus24 Jul 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

My wet palette is by Masterson and came from an art store; they aren't that expensive. In this one the paints don't run together. I do use artist acrylics which come out thick but I thin them on the palette. I've put it away for weeks and found the sponge still damp, although the paint probably only stays wet a week or 10 days.

Masterson Sta-Wet Super Pro Palette: link

They make both bigger and smaller ones. Replacement palette paper is pretty inexpensive as well.

VicCina Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 9:59 p.m. PST

I've cut up some parchment paper tonight and have laid it out in the box with a wet sponge and put a few drops of paint on it. I'll see what happens tomorrow

VicCina Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

Just and update on this. I tried the parchment paper and it has worked out really well. The paint has stayed wet but hasn't turned into a muddy mess. The sponge is still damp as well. I think the parchment paper is a keeper for now.

Chgowiz27 Jul 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

My apologies, I meant parchment paper as well. :D Glad it worked out for you!

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