Materials List



A palette is the surface upon which you mix your paints to achieve the desired hue and tone.It can be made of wood veneer such as Luan,masonite, glass, plastic, plexiglass or can even be wax paper sheets. The palettes included in a paint box are usually masonite and as such are pretty useless other than as rigid backings for wax paper sheets which are often clipped to them. An important notion to consider is that the palette should be a neutral color so as not to distract from the required tone of the mixture.Paper palettes are usually a bright glossy white and unfinished verneers or masonite will stain and not clean off very well.Paper is naturally convenient as it can be easily discarded but throwing away excess paint that is on the palette is wastefull and expensive.One solution is to use a paint box with shelves in the lid to store left over paint. Another solution is to use the John Pike watercolor palette to be used with oils. The plastic palette has a lid which can be closed and the entire box placed in the freezer to minimize the drying of the paint.Thin plywood and veneers have traditionally been used as palettes,although they need to be treated first before use. In order to make them impervious to staining and easy to clean, they must first be coated with succesive coats of a drying oil or resin varnish and then allowed to dry in the sun. Polyurethane can also be applied in succesive coats to achieve the desired degree of a hard shell-like coating.Although meany palettes are designed to be held in the free hand as evidenced by their organic shapes,a rectangilar palette that fits in the top of a paint bow does very nicely. In fact the best palette is probably a rectangular piece of 3/8" glass coated on the back with neutral grey(primer) spray enamel. As such glass can be perfectly cleaned with a razor blade in a scraper without using any solvents.




Glass Palette and Shelf Box