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Oil paint pallet?

Discussion in 'Oils' started by samson, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. samson Well-Known Member

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    I’m trying to get my supplies ready for when I’m able to paint . What do you all you use for a oil paint pallet? Thanks
  2. kagemusha A Fixture

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    Many use a ceramic tile (bathroom)...a few I know use a piece of plywood (not ideal as soaks out all the oil)...a normal china tea plate is my weapon of choice (slightly porous which is ideal...but easy to clean) :)

    Be good to see you back mate ;)

    Ron
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  3. Ned Ricks Active Member

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    Surplus white ceramic tile is my usual. If I am going to need space to create multiple hues, a piece of window glass with paper backing and taped edges sits on my work bench and works for me also.

    Enjoy!
    NR
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  4. Cannonball A Fixture

    Plastic disposable party plates but not the heavily dimpled pattern as when I thin out the oils with white spirit it splashed everywhere.

    Neal
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  5. samson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks much Ron it will be great when I’m fully back and can get paint on something LOL it’s getting pretty close I ave been able to do the stairs everyday thanks again Ron
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  6. samson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the ideas everyone
  7. kagemusha A Fixture

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    You keep climbing mate...every day is a stairway to heaven :sneaky:
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  8. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi Ron

    Good to hear things are getting better ...keep climbing

    Look forward to seeing some models when your ready

    I use WSO paints alongside acrylics and they are put on my wet palletes to work with

    But great advice from proper oil painters here

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  9. fogie A Fixture

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    Both ceramic tiles and porous card do the job well, Ron. As has been said, a porous surface
    will leech out the oil - which is a quick way to ensure a matt finish, but you have to 'top up'
    with a touch of linseed from time to time to stretch the open time. If you go with the tile then
    to achieve a matt effect you should apply the paint in thin 'glazing' layers. Rock on ...eh?

    Mike
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  10. socko47 Active Member

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    Freezer paper. Dull side to soak out a bit of oil or a porous card for very oily paint. The shiny side of freezer paper as a non absorbent pallet.
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  11. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    I use a disposable palette pad. Inexpensive, and just rip off the top page and go to the next when you need a change.
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  12. samson Well-Known Member

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    Thank all i was just told by a game piece painter to put them on cardboard to soak out the oil then transfer to a white ceramic tile ? Does anyone else think this would work ?
  13. fogie A Fixture

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    Not sure it would... leeching the oil obviously stiffens the paint, and it quickly becomes necessary
    to add a touch more linseed to keep the stuff properly workable. If you don't, there's a real risk of
    applying the paint too heavily, which in turn means you have the tedious task of smoothing things
    out. Of course, others here may have different ideas...........

    Mike
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  14. samson Well-Known Member

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    Ok I didn’t understand it either thanks for the info
  15. theBaron A Fixture

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    Using a piece of cardboard or something else permeable, to leach out the oil, is a specific technique-as Mike and the others note, it will make the finish more matte. But I don't know that I'd use a piece of cardboard as my usual palette for oils, unless I wanted to achieve that effect all the time.

    For me, I use a ceramic palette for oils, and also for enamels and those acrylics that are not water-based and can't be used on my wet palette.

    Prost!
    Brad
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  16. samson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the thoughts
  17. Henkm Active Member

    Straight from the tube onto a hotel china saucer for me. Mostly I use the paint as is but some colours are a bit too stiff. When I started I did what I understood from the saying 'add oil': I put drops of linseed oil with my paint. In my (limited) experience this is way, way too much. I now think of it as 'dipping the tip of the brush in oil and out again as quickly as possible'. It's remarkable to me that the microscopic amount of oil this picks up can completely change the behaviour of the oils I have mixed up on the palette.
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  18. fogie A Fixture

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    Although linseed is the 'carrier', when it comes to the 'leveller' (the stuff that creates the
    optimum painting consistency), I use lavender oil - a mere touch of course. It smells like
    a tart's handbag, but nevertheless makes the paint sufficiently liquid without losing any
    of its colour value. A little more to the mix will create an effective 'glazing' layer.

    Mike
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  19. Henkm Active Member

    Thanks Mike, I'll definitely experiment with that. Much appreciated.
  20. pkessling Member

    I always just used 4x6 heavy index cards. Usually inserted into a plastic sandwhich bag. If the paint was “oily” out of the tube I would skip the bag and just use the card, as others wrote, to leach out some of the oil.
    I am a big supporter of never thinning oil paints. Right out of the tube and use the brush to spread it thin. A drop of Mineral Spirits if absolutely necessary.
    I always used a crockpot to dry the paint over night. I believe it is referred to as a slow cooker in the UK.
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