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Material focus: how to choose a paint palette?

Material focus: how to choose a paint palette?



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The different possible shapes for a paint palette

To meet the needs of everyone, from apprentice painters to experienced artists, thepaint palette is equipment that can be found in many forms. We thus find in trade and specialized stores round paint palettes, oval (the classic, and the one that is considered more practical), square, rectangular, daisy-shaped… and in all possible sizes!

If most of the paint palettes are smooth, some models include cells (more or less deep and the number of which varies depending on the model) into which it is possible to pour paint: very practical to avoid mixing the brushes between different colors, and also prevent the colors from mixing together!
 

What material for a paint palette?

Among the different paint palette models that exist, you will have the choice, in addition to the shape and size, of the material in which the pallet will be manufactured. Wooden pallet, plastic, porcelain, glass or paper, each material has qualities and weak points and is to be chosen according to the use you want to make of your palette:

  • Thewooden paint palette is often covered with a layer of oil which limits the absorption of paint. For easy handling, it is made of light wood, and is mainly intended for oil paints, acrylics and gouache. The color of the wood modifying the perception of colors, it is better to use opaque and thick colors with this type of palette. Very affordable on the price side (between 3 and 10 euros on average), the wooden pallet has the main defect of being quite difficult to clean.
  • Theplastic paint palette is white so as not to alter the perception of colors. Easier to clean than the wooden pallet, the porous material that makes it up also ends up absorbing colors. It can contain separating cups or cells and a cover. It costs on average 5 euros.
  • Theglass paint palette is posed on a table above a sheet of the color of the canvas to paint in order to perceive what we will get on it. Easy to maintain, it is however fragile. Prices generally range from 5 to 15 euros.
  • The porcelain palette white is intended for watercolor. It does not absorb colors, but is obviously very fragile. It can have cells to separate the colors, and costs on average 10 to 15 euros.
  • Thepaper paint palette consists of a block of glued sheets to limit the absorption of colors. The sheets are disposable, which avoids cleaning and makes it convenient to use outdoors. You will find it at the price of around 5 euros for about thirty leaves.

Besides the paper pallets, the paint palettes are washable and therefore durable over time!