The Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal is an airtight container designed to properly store any style of paint palette between sessions (paint palette not included). To be used with oils: For oils, insert your preferred palette (wood, glass, plastic, or paper) into the Palette Seal pan and close the lid. You can also add a few drops of water to clear thick paints off your palette.
It's important to keep your wet palette sealed away from direct sunlight and heat sources because warm temperatures can break down the adhesive that keeps the seal tight, allowing colors in the palette to mix together.
Many artists prefer using a dry palette because it prevents spills from being absorbed by your canvas or wood panel. However, if this concern arises for you, use something made for mixing liquids, such as a Mason jar, and then remove any exposed particles of grit or sand with a clean brush dipped in oil-based primer.
Once your palette is sealed inside its storage container, it should remain untouched for up to one year. If you want to reuse your palette sooner than this, simply open the container and reseal it before putting it back into storage.
Palettes are inexpensive items that many artists will purchase again and again. It's helpful to know how to care for and use a wet palette so that you don't damage your materials by using them with out-of-date paints.
Plastic palettes work well with acrylic, watercolour, and gouache, but they aren't ideal for oil painting. If a speck of dried oil gets caught on the plastic, there's no way to get it off. It will simply get really untidy, and you will spend much too much time cleaning. However, if you are only working with watercolours or acrylics, a plastic palette is perfectly safe.
The most important thing when choosing a palette is that it is easy to clean. You don't want to spend all day cleaning your palette, so choose one that isn't going to cause you problems later on.
Does the price go up depending on what material it is made from? Yes, wood is more expensive than plastic. But if you're planning to paint only with watercolors or acrylics, a plastic palette will do just fine.
Place the palette in the freezer. Using your freezer to keep oil paints from drying out is the easiest method. Simply place your palette in the freezer at the end of the day! The cool temperature will decrease the pace of oxidation and evaporation, preventing your oil paint from drying out.
A second option is to put the palette in a refrigerator. This will work as well for preserving your oils as the freezer option, but be sure to take it out before you need it so it does not become too cold.
A final option is to cover the palette with aluminum or polycarbonate sheeting. These materials will allow some air circulation while blocking light which would otherwise cause the oils to dry out.
Now you have three options for keeping your oil paint palette fresh and ready to use!
When you're used to using a wooden palette, utilizing palette paper becomes really inconvenient. Keeping colors close to my brushes saves me so much time and makes me feel so much more at ease! You can paint on a bare, untreated wooden palette, but you won't like it. Your oil paints' oils will soak into the wood and dry off your paints. Instead, use a plastic or ceramic palette. These are available in different sizes and shapes; look for one that's comfortable for you to work with.
If you want to use a wooden palette, choose a quality item made of pine or another stable wood. Avoid palettes made from maple or fruit trees, as they may not hold up under intense pressure. Before you start painting, give your palette a good wash with warm water and detergent to get any dirt or residue off of it.
You can also use a cardboard box as a palette. Just make sure there are no chemicals used in the packaging of the box itself. Also, if the box is old or damaged, you should consider buying a new one instead of using this as your painting surface.
Finally, a wooden or plastic container with an airtight lid can be used as a palette. This is by far my favorite method because it's easy to clean up after myself and stores all of my colors together in one place.
Now that you know how to use a wooden palette, you should be able to finish some paintings in record time!