Sunday, May 04, 2008

My palette

Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I definately will be doing more smaller watercolors, but instead of filling sketchbooks, I want to devote my time to larger watercolors that have some meaning (if only to me). I still have four pages left in weather journal, and am trying to be motivated to finish that. Jana, here is my palette. It's a cheap plastic one about 12x10". I do not squeeze out a standard palette each time (I don't know what that is). I just squeeze out paint as I need it. I do not rinse away old paint unless it's really dusty and crumbly, or if I need that space for a new color. ( I'm basically messy and/or lazy). I always keep my colors in these places, since I am very used to them that way. When I'm working on a large piece, I will mix some color up in one of those small containers that you put salsa or radishes in at Mexican take out restaurants.


  1. wow, after seeing my palette in a photo, I think I need to clean it!

  2. Anonymous10:17 PM

    Thanks so much for showing your palette. I have one of these too (though mine's clean :} since I never use it). My regular watercolor palette has a large mixing area and a lid but right now a third of my pigments have grown mold and the rest are all crispy and crumbly. I think it's time to clean it out and try working from fresh paint.

    I'm embarassed to admit I actually bought a case of those salsa containers and another of their lids at Costco, the only place I could find them. It's more than a lifetime supply, but they're so handy for oil painting medium and watercolor mixtures and were cheap and now I don't have to beg them from the local taco shop.


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