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Oil paint pallet?

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

  1. socko47 Active Member

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    Just came across this YouTube. As of note: the use of W&N Winton paint is not as popular as the better Winsor Newton artist version for its heavier pigmentation.

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  2. theBaron A Fixture

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    United-States
    Yes, I started with an old china saucer, too. Along the way, I picked up a Japanese-made palette at an art supply shop. The palette is round, with a well in the center, and then six wells arrayed around it like the petals of a flower. I think of it as a stylized chrysanthemum.

    Prost!
    Brad
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  3. Steve Edwards Member

    As usual, I haven't got a clue what I'm doing; I just buy things and hope they'll work. I've been using ceramic watercolour tinting saucers for years as oil paint pallettes because I saw one in an art shop and I liked the look of it. It's only years later that a friend of mine advised me that they were designed for watercolours. I just said "Duh!" Oil painters think you need a big palette with a hole in it for your thumb but that's for painting on a canvas, not for 54mm minis.
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    I put everything on these little saucers: oil paint, acrylics, gouche, inks, superglue etc. You'll need more than one because they are only 80mm across but that's what I like about them; they are really handy. Because they are so small you never run out of space on your work bench or do you drag your sleeve over the paint. You can use them as a brush rest, how many times has your paint brush rolled off the table? If you have an oil paint mix that you need to keep then clingfilm the saucer and put it into the fridge. I own about 8 of them and usually use around 3-4 in a painting session.

    They are quite cheap to buy and last forever because they are ceramic. When they all get covered in dried paint you whack on some paint remover and get your scrubbing brush going until they are plain white again.

    My only complaint is that they are not stable when you stack them up one over the other on a shelf. They don't fall over; I just wish that they fitted together better. You can buy stacking versions of the saucers but then they don't have the four divisions for each saucer and that's no good if you're using paint which runs. Other than that they are perfect. They cost around 2-3 GBP each. The ones I have are at least 30 years old.

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