New Beginnings

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?

messy palette

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

basic color

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.

plastic container

accordion fold

lay on the lid

close to save

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

Burnt Sienna,
Dark Brown = 1 pt Burnt Sienna + 1 pt Burnt Umber,
Burnt Umber,
Soft Black = 1 pt Burnt Umber + 1 pt Black, and
Black

complete palette

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!

water container

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9 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. Judy says:

    Lost my original list and tore up my studio looking for it. Now I have more info and a clean studio. Thanks!

  2. Pam Robinson says:

    denture cleaner works well if you have time to let it just sit….

  3. AnnR Sheffield UK says:

    Yes I gave my water bucket a “birthday” this Christmas tee hee………..

  4. Carol M. says:

    Hi Ronnie,
    Thanks for this informative email. I’ve been very curious about the Golden Open paints for some time now. When you mentioned using them last year – I’ve been waiting to see how they fared. I’ve been hedging buying them due to the multiple other paint lines I own, yet now I feel justified in doing so.
    A couple of years ago, I took a class called Seductive Surfaces which introduced the Golden line of textural products. It was one of the most interesting classes and also one of the most fun. I’m very impressed with the quality of this companies line.
    I’m sorry I missed out on one of your Paint Pal Palettes
    Have a fun day!
    Carol

  5. Patty says:

    I have the same palette I made when I got home from doing the portrait class in Witchita with you a couple years ago, ya got to love that Golden Open paint.

  6. Cynthia Bryan says:

    That was a great color lesson. Thank You !!!

  7. Shirley heckler says:

    Do you have a good method of cleaning your water container?

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