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09 Nov 2019 5:51 a.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 9:04 p.m. PST

The purpose of a wet palette is to keep your mix cool for one or two days later without having to search for the unique color you've created for the occasion…. but… it works?…



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Dennis08 Nov 2019 10:09 p.m. PST

Yes Armand, wet palettes in general do work to keep your paint usable for much longer without drying out.

Whether the illustrated one works, or whether it works better than a homemade one I don't know.

Rather than spend 20 Euros plus shipping, however, I'd recommend doing a web search for "wet palettes" to learn how to make one, and then try the homemade one for awhile first-there are several YouTube videos on topic. Wet palettes aren't that hard to make; you just need a relatively thin airtight container (plastic sandwich or deli meat boxes work well), a sponge, and some permeable paper like parchment paper used for baking.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 12:05 a.m. PST

I'm betting paper towels would/should work fairly well, especially if stored in a small, airtight container, after use.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 7:47 a.m. PST

I have this wet palette, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has transformed the way I paint, especially when blending colors (on horses, for example). I find it to be the perfect size for use on my paint bench, and the lid fits tightly, holding in the moisture.

As an added bonus, I find I am using less paint, as it's not trying out as it would when using a dry palette.

John Leahy09 Nov 2019 10:19 a.m. PST

No to paper towels. Parchment paper is normally used. I have used on for years.


Toaster09 Nov 2019 10:41 a.m. PST

The paper towels are used as the sponge with the parchment or 'greaseproof' paper on top.


Gokiburi09 Nov 2019 10:43 a.m. PST

I use parchment paper over a layer of damp paper towels (in a pop tart holder, of all things), and it works great.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 10:56 a.m. PST

Many thanks!.


CeruLucifus09 Nov 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

Wet palettes do work. I have the Masterson Sta-Wet palette, sold at Dick Blick and other art stores: link

They will reliably keep paint wet for a week. I have opened mine after a month and had wet paint, but you shouldn't count on that.

The principle is simple so the many DIY links you'll find doubtless work as well. I figured, why not buy one rather than make one? They are not very pricey.

abelp0109 Nov 2019 9:41 p.m. PST

+1 CeruLucifus

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2019 2:30 p.m. PST

Thanks also!.


Thomas O11 Nov 2019 6:38 a.m. PST

I made my own. I used a double layer of thin packing foam, sort of like a sponge but about 1/8" thick. Then 4 layers of paper towels and parchment paper. It will keep paint usable for a week or more. Since I use mostly Vallejo paints it is perfect. I even transferred the paints I had in pots over to dropper bottles. Washes and inks I still prefer to use from bottles/pots.

FYI if you have a Dollar Tree get your parchment paper there a roll for a buck will last years.

You have to use parchment paper NOT wax paper.

dapeters12 Nov 2019 9:25 a.m. PST

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