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 Post subject: Jimmi's guide to... Wet Palettes
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:05 pm 
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Hi,

Just thought I'd share this gem for people who are fed up of:

1. Paint drying up
2. Paint going on to thickly
3. loosing the point on their brush
4. Having little control over the amount of paint on the brush
5. Short life span of paint brushes

USE A WET PALETTE!

Seriously I'd heard of them before but just dismissed them, then one day I made my own with this method and my painting life forever changed!

The Ingredients

So, lets begin. To make a wet palette you need 5 things:

Item 1. A shallow plastic container that will snuggly contain a 'square' of standard toilet roll. I use the little tubs you get from GW that contain the tufts of static grass, they fit perfectly. You could use something else...
Item 2. About 10 sheets of bog roll, the brand is up to you but I guess you should avoid that tracing paper stuff you get in public toilets
Item 3. Grease proof/baking paper - this has to be of a quality grade, none of that recycled brown stuff - the grain is too rough and will slowly damage your brush, also the paper might start falling apart.
Item 4. Scissors (remember kids, ask a parent to help you out)
Item 5. Water from the tap

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(This is the plastic container that I use)

The Methodology

Step 1. Remove stuff from plastic box and squirrel it away safely
Step 2. Put about 10 sheets of dry toilet paper in your box, lying flat. It doesn't matter if it doesn't fit perfectly
Step 3. Pour water on the toilet paper in your plastic tub. The secret is is getting the right quantity - the paper needs to all be soaked but too much and you'll have a swamp, too little and your palette will dry out.
Step 4. Cut a sheet of baking paper to roughly the same size as a sheet of toilet paper, and place it on top of your wet toilet paper. (hint - if water flows over the top of your baking paper at this point, then you have too much water!)
Step 5. Retain lid to keep palette and paints fresh.

I use this method with GW paints to great effect, paint will stay usable on the palette for over a day. The only downside is that after about a day the paint will start to separate into water and pigment - easily resolved on the palette though by giving the paint a bit of a mix up with your brush!

I hope this tutorial is useful to someone, look out for other tutorials by Jimmi soon! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Jimmi's guide to... Wet Palettes
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:29 pm 
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Thanks for the quick and effective guide Jimmi. Have you got pictures of it step by step?

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 Post subject: Re: Jimmi's guide to... Wet Palettes
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:35 pm 
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Howling Mad Murdoch wrote:
Thanks for the quick and effective guide Jimmi. Have you got pictures of it step by step?


Sure, I can easily sort some out later and add them to the OP. For now I've reformatted it and made it a bit more easy on the eye :)

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 Post subject: Re: Jimmi's guide to... Wet Palettes
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:31 pm 
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Jimmi has seriously smashed on to a great painting aid! Plus folks P3 do a wet pallet for £12 but you have to buy new pads.....Jimmi has saved you that most of that 12 + quid!
Give them / it a go folks highly recomended. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Jimmi's guide to... Wet Palettes
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A very good little guide, the only thing I'll add is you can also use a thin sponge instead of tissue paper. Works just as well (you want a dense sponge though to hold the water) and you dont have to change out the tissue all the time.

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 Post subject: Jimmis guide to Wet Palettes
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I have used and do not recommend the special palette paper that comes with the commercial wet palettes. Instead, I recommend bakers parchment. The specific brand that I use is Reynolds.

With the parchment, the paint doesnt noticeably penetrate the paper, nor does it dilute much if at all unless I actually add water.
Yep, reynolds is the stuff. The only thing i have used that penetrates it is the badger ghost tints.

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