Thursday, 15 December 2016

Another New Trick For An Old Dog.


I've heard of a 'wet pallet ' but had no idea what it was till I saw a video on You Tube explaining it , it's a method for stopping your acrylic paint drying out and even keeping it moist over several weeks ! . Now we know how quickly acrylic paint dries out on a ordinary pallet and I find I have to keep topping up my paint over a painting session several times and I probably waste as much paint as I use . So I thought I must have a go at this - you can buy 'wet pallets' from the art/craft bit of EBay but they are rather large and quite expensive , on the video the chap makes one out of a Tupperware box , kitchen roll and some baking parchment . I couldn't find baking parchment at my local supermarket , so I ordered a 'wet pallet' refill from EBay  for about £4 which has some of the absorbent paper and parchment . I pinched a small Tupperware tub from out camping equipment (hopefully my wife will not notice ) cut the sheets to size added some water to soak into the bottom layer - tipped out the excess and laid the parchment paper on top , I them added my blobs of paint as above .


When your finished you fit the airtight lid and I'm reliably informed the paint remains usable -  you top up the water now and again . The figures are 10mm AWI Hessians for scale , I will report back how this experiment works . The video is -
https://youtu.be/96mjmqWTPfM?t=6s


6 comments:

  1. A cheaper and very effective alternative, is to use absorbent kitchen
    paper and then place a piece of greaseproof paper on top, and then wet the kitchen paper until it is sufficiently wet, but not standing water. The greaseproof paper is available at any supermarket..

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    1. Think it was due to my ineptitude that I couldn't find the non- absorbent paper , the chap in video uses kitchen roll , Tony

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  2. It's a great trick, and has helped this old dog get a few new figures out!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Yes it seems to work - you live and learn ! . Tony

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  3. Can you keep mixed colours in this way as well as colours straight from the tube/pot?

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    1. Still an ongoing experiment but I believe you could , some of the paint pigments react differently to the wet palette - metallic colours need remixing left overnight as the pigment and the liquid separate a little , Tony

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