I’ve been using the same palette of paint now for almost a year. Today I decided to prepare a fresh palette. It’s the beginning of a new year so what better time?
Not because there was anything wrong with the old one. Well….except that it was unbelievably messy. I had also added a few of the Jo Sonja colors that had dried up and they were taking up space. None of the Golden Open Acrylic was dried up. There was absolutely no smell and no mold.
Mostly I wanted to start fresh because after painting with the Golden Open Acrylic for a while now, I am starting to develop a color rhythm and I wanted to have my favorite colors better organized.
I was also getting tired of having to mix up my favorite colors every time I needed them.
Here’s my basic palette with my most often used colors. I placed the tube colors far enough apart to allow for space to place the mixes that I use. The colors are
Titanium White and Titan Buff
Cad Yellow Med, Yellow Oxide, and Raw Sienna
Empty Space for mixes
Chromium Oxide Green and Chromium Oxide Green Dark
Empty Space for mixes
Napthol Red Light and Alizarin Crimson Hue
Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, and Paynes Grey
Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Black with space between for mixes
I’ve placed the colors in color families in my Paint Pal Wet Palette. Hopefully you have one – or two. They’re all gone now, and I’m not going to be re-ordering.
If you don’t have one you can do what I used to do before PPWP.
Get a small shallow plastic food container. Use the lid for the palette and use the container for the lid.
Use 3 absorbent paper towels – they don’t have to be blue – folded in half so you have 6 layers of paper toweling. Wet the towel at the faucet and gently squeeze out most of the water but not too dry. Fold the toweling in narrow accordion folds, no more than about 3/4″ for each fold, then gently unfold and lay out on the lid/palette. You don’t want the dividers to be too high or they will fall over into the paint. You should be able to keep paint this way for a very long time.
After I had my basic colors out then I mixed the most often used colors that I want to have on the palette. There would naturally be other tube colors and mixes that I would occasionally use such as Cad Red Medium, Diox Purple, and Red Oxide, but this is my basic palette.
Here is how the palette is laid out
Titanium White and Titan Buff with space for white mixes
Cad Yellow Medium, Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna, and
Dark Gold mix = 1pt Burnt Sienna + 1 pt Raw Sienna
Yellow Green Mix = 2 pt Chromium Oxide Green + 1 pt Yellow Oxide, and
Olive Green = Chromium Oxide Green Dark + a touch of Napthol Red Light
Space for more mixes
Chromium Oxide Green, Chromium Oxide Green Dark, and
Black Green = 1 pt Chromium Oxide Green Dark + 1 pt Black
Now an empty place for mixes
Napthol Red Light and Alizarin Crimson Hue, and space for mixes
Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Paynes Grey
Dark Brown = 1 pt Burnt Sienna + 1 pt Burnt Umber,
Soft Black = 1 pt Burnt Umber + 1 pt Black, and
Now that I’m finished I’m thinking I would probably do it a little differently next time.
Maybe put that empty section at the end after the browns and blacks.
One of these days I’m going to order a bunch of little bottles to save some permanent mixes. Then I can just squeeze them out when I need them. Ya – one of these days.
Better get back to that Welcome Sign!
Maybe next time I’ll clean my water container! Ha!