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Questions about wet pallet paper

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Chris Kelm, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Chris Kelm Active Member

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    United-States
    Hi everyone,
    I am try the wet pallet idea for the first time. I am making my own wet pallet,so I need some advice on the paper needed to use the wet pallet.
    1. Are all paper the same when using the wet pallet?
    2 If not what would be the best paper to use?
    When searching for the paper,I came across other postings that said you can use the following types of paper: wax paper, tracing paper, parchment paper and baking paper used for lining the baking sheets just to name a few.
    3. Is there really that many types of paper to use as the wet pallet paper?
    I hope someone can help me with this dilemma. :unsure:
    Thank you.
    Chris
  2. franck edet Well-Known Member

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    Canada
    I use Parchment paper (the one for cooking use) without any problem, works like a charm !
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  3. Chris Kelm Active Member

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    United-States
    Franck,
    Does the parchment paper let the paint seep through on to the sponge or not?
    chris
  4. franck edet Well-Known Member

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    Canada
    Never had this problem :) it just let the water go up with capillarity.
    Anyway you don't really have to use a sponge. Scott towels kitchen paper does the trick perfectly ;)
  5. Chris Kelm Active Member

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    United-States
    Franck,
    cool thank you.
    chris
  6. franck edet Well-Known Member

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    Canada
    My pleasure Chris :)
  7. Chris Kelm Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Franck,
    you know this whole wet pallet thing is all new to me,since I used to use the old school 9-12 cup style pallets. that got a little messy at times.
    Thank you.
    chris
  8. mikec55 Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I use a slice from a brown paper shopping bag. As long as the paper is fully soaked, works like a charm for me.
  9. SRECT1 Member

    I bought all my parts for my wet pallet at the Dollar store. I bought a pack of Chinese take out trays (3 in a pack) for $1.00 . Thin sponges 6"x9" (4 in a pack) which I cut to fit $1.00 and a roll of parchment paper $1.00 . The food trays come with covers so that keeps everything wet when not in use . I soak the parchment paper in warm water for a few minutes before hand, seems to help with transferring wetness. I also put a drop of anti bacterial dish soap in the water just to keep things from getting funky over time.

    Ben
  10. Graham PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I have always used baking paper as it is known in the U.K. However, not all baking papers are equal. The last roll I got was no good as it broke up as the paints were repeatedly thinned and re mixed. Not immediately but over a period of time the surface started to lift leaving bits on the brush. Didn’t realise at the time what was happening until the paint seeped down into the sponge as it had left tiny holes. It went in the bin and was replaced by a new roll which has been fine. This has only happened once to me but just be aware if you see ‘bits’ on the brush.
  11. Chris Kelm Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I just tried using parchment paper and it worked ok for a while then the edges and wrinkles would start to dry out and when I would add more water to it the water would just go all over the place. :(:mad:.
    Now Mikec55 says he uses a brown shopping bag and that works good. Mike does the paint absorb thru the bag and into the sponge? There has got to be a better paper were you don't have to worry if the edges roll up or the paper dries out while you are painting. :( You should only be focused on the task of your work not your materials. Am I asking to much from my materials?
    Chris
  12. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    I made my own, too...

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    Same idea-takeout container, a kitchen sponge that fits. This satisfied two needs. One was that commercially available wet palettes, like the Masterson product, have too large a footprint for my bench. The other was that I'm cheap, er, ah, or Dutchy, as we like to say around here. If I could come up with a solution by scavenging things I had around the house, it'd save me money.

    For the palette paper, I use brown package wrapping paper. I tried the paper from a grocery bag, but it shed too many fibers into the paint. I also tried kitchen parchment paper, but it was coated with silicone, to provide a non-stick surface. I found that that reduced its permeability. I have read of others using the same type of parchment paper, but boiling it to make it more permeable. To me, that is too much work.

    In any case, it works just fine for me, and I love using it!

    Prost!
    Brad
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