Palettes for Oils & Acrylics

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Tips & Techniques: Palettes for Oils & Acrylics
 

How to clean your oil palette and how to set up and clean your acrylic palette

If you're painting in your studio with oils, we recommend using a glass palette. Glass is non-staining and easy to clean. You can also slip white or colored paper underneath, depending on how you want your paint mix to look on whatever colored ground you're working on.

The easiest way to clean your glass palette is when your paint is still wet. Remove as much paint as possible with a palette knife. Using Art Spectrum Art Clean, pour a small amount on a paper towel, and it's done. That easy. If you've let your paint completely dry in between painting sessions, us a paint scraper (the type with a razor blade) to scrape your palette clean.

If you're painting with acrylics, we recommend that you use an enamel butcher tray. These enamel trays are non-staining, easy to clean and last a lifetime. Jim and I are both still using our trays from art school and Jim's was a hand-me-down from the head of the department at Art Center (so it's ancient!).

The best way to set up your palette is to quarter a paper towel and dip it or run it under a water source, leaving most of the water in the towel. The saturated paper towel fits perfectly on the side of the enamel tray. Depending on the air temperature, the paint you place on the wet towel will last several days without drying out. The tray itself is a perfect bright white, mixing area. You can keep the paint in your mixing area wet by spritzing your paint mixtures with a spray retarder like the Liquitex Palette Spray.

The easiest way to clean your enamel butcher tray is to wipe it clean with a damp paper towel while the paint is still wet. But, unique to this palette, if your paint dries to a hard film, all you have to do it fill the tray with luke warm water and the paint releases like a skin. The palette remains like new.

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