Masterson's wet palette

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by zurek42, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. zurek42 New Member

    Recently, I have bought Masterson's wet palette. To be honest it is my first wet palette - earlier experiences with DIY wet palettes were failures - baking paper was drying out or paint was drying out on palette (I believe because that all baking paper in Poland is silicon coated).

    So, I have started painting using Masterson's palette and it is okay, although I am still learning. However, there are some things that are strange to me. I am using Vallejo paints and I am doing some mixes on the palette - sometime I add one or two drops of water and these water is absorbed by sponge (but in a container I have some 'free' water) and starts to look like mud. The paint is workable - I am just touching paint by wet brush. I am attaching photo of my palette after around 90 minutes.
    Is this something normal with this specific palette or am I doing something wrong? Also, I would love to hear any tips and tricks how to use such palette.

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  2. theBaron A Fixture

    I'll be curious to hear any replies, too. I use a home-made palette. I don't have any problems, but I'm always keen to learn new tricks for it.

    I made mine from a take-out container and a kitchen sponge, and I use brown package wrapping paper for the membrane. Here's a shot of it:


    Like you, Zurek, I found that the kitchen parchment paper I had was impregnated with silicone, to make it non-stick. I read that it could be boiled to overcome that, but at that point, that is far more effort to apply than I felt was necessary to do this. The brown packaging paper works pretty well for me.

  3. frank h Well-Known Member

    I also have a home made wet palette...........sponge and baking paper ..........when I soak the sponge
    I put some washing up liquid in the tap water to break the water tension..........I then press the baking
    paper down on the sponge soaking it then turn it over and soak the other side

    I haven't had any problems with it ............and with an air tight lid on the paint stays workable for days

    Hope this is of some help

  4. bigtodd Active Member

    Zurek, mine looks like that two weeks later. I put a cover over it and the paint is still wet and I can use it. So yes it is normal.
  5. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    I started with a home made wet palette but later found the Masterson's palette on sale and am now using it. I was using the palette paper that came with it but found it seemed to make my paints too watery. (Maybe a personal problem but I soaked the paper in very hot water prior to using as suggested.)

    When first setting up the palette and adding water, I tip the palette to drain out any extra water. This helps a bit. I also switched to Reynolds Parchment paper (here in the States) and I like it better than Masterson's paper as my paints don't seem to be as watery but also don't dry out. The best of both worlds.

    Finally, after putting a few drops of paint on the paper I pull some from this original puddle to a different spot and mix with other colors as needed. I add a little water via the brush to the "New" puddle as needed (Glazes, washes, etc). I never add water to the original puddle. If I need more paint I only add it to the original puddle.

    As I mentioned, I don't allow any "free standing" water in the palette, just enough to be held by the sponge. If I tip the palette NO water should spill out. If so, it is too wet.

    After a while my palette looks similar to yours. The original paint puddles haven't fully soaked into the paper but the working mixed puddles have. Looks fairly normal to me.

    Sorry, don't know if this helps or even makes sense... :)

    There is definitely a learning curve but the end result is worth it. Don't get discouraged.

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  6. Kevindunne Active Member

    Looking at my pad of wet palette paper says soak paper in cold water.
    I found it better to invest in commercial paper than home made.
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  7. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter


    Interesting Kevin. My Masterson brand paper directions state "Using the hottest water you can get from the tap... let the paper soak for about 15 minutes. or QUICK TIP! Place the paper into a microwave and microwave it on high until the water boils. (About 3-5 minutes)."

    Perhaps yours is a different brand or a change in product has occurred...

    Anyway, I used the parchment paper for a year or more in a homemade wet palette before buying the Masterson version and, as I am more comfortable with the Parchment paper, I continue to use it. Just a personal choice.

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  8. Kevindunne Active Member

    Hi Ken,
    You are correct...thought i saw cold water???
    No more vodja with my cornflakes for a bit.
    Sorry everyone for the screw up.
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  9. theBaron A Fixture

    Part of the problem for me with Masterson's palette is its footprint. It needs more space on the bench than I generally have available.

  10. zurek42 New Member

    Thank you all for your answers!
    So, it looks all is fine with my palette :)
    For sure there is much learning and moving from well palette, but after few sessions I am starting getting what I want. Glad to have it.
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  11. Philthy New Member

    The paper that comes with the Sta-Wet is too porous to be used with miniature paints. I would suggest picking up parchment paper instead. I use Reynolds. It should be able to hold a drop of water for days - it should not soak through into nothingness. Likewise your paints will stay beaded up or wet as you left them for a week or more if needed. You will need to mix them again as the pigments separate, but it should work fine.

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