Wet Palette

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Some questions on determine why a wet palette. The answer to that is, so the colors stay fresh longer and you can paint for hours with the colors applied on it. I also find it nice to have a large area to mix on :).

What is required?
1. Plastic Box / Bowl / Tupperware with a cover Plastic is required because metal rusts over time. It could otherwise be other materials such as glass or ceramic, but they are just heavier and more fragile. I would choose the size according to your liking, something A4 offers a beautiful surface but which is easy to transport. I've also built a lot bigger and it is just fun to have such a large area for mixing .
2. Foam material
Best to get one that is absorbent; else it will just repel the water. It would also be advantageous if you are to use black or dark gray foam as it is a better contrast for the colors.
3. Water

4. Baking paperThe baking paper should be one site coated (usually the cheapest), and that water is used to make it wet, so as to maintain the color liquid. There are two different colors, Brown and white once again. Many artists prefer the brown, because of the contrast. However I myself prefer to use the whites as I can see the color fastness better  I think. Overall it is a matter of taste.

Step by Step
First cut out roughly the size of foam which should be at least as large as the upper edge of the container. The foam is to keep itself inside through its power, but without throwing waves.

After the rough shape is cut out, it should look something like this.

Most bowls / boxes / Tupperware are slightly slanted and in accordance with the foam should now be adjusted.

When the foam is placed in the container, the result should look something like this.

For the use of Wetpalette, take out the foam and soak in water. Here you can also put the foam in the sink and press out any bubbles under water. Then again in the container. If more water is still needed simply again fill with a little cup of water.

Important!! It must be wet, if it's just dry, it loses its purpose!!

Cut or tear off a piece of wax paper.

The wax paper should survive anywhere, otherwise they will create waves and underneath air bubbles form.

Wet your finger ...

... and wipe down slightly so that it is only slightly damp ..

... and smooth the paper down so that no more air bubbles are underneath. If air is at top no water comes through ;)

It Should look something like this.

Color can then simply be applied to the wet palette. They should be as compact as possible. So in one drop, the more large-scale drops of color the quicker it dries. It is an advantage if you use dropper bottle because that is where the optimal dose the color and always pure droplets come out.

Otherwise, I think the method of Jarhead beautifully uses the end of the brush to apply the color to wear on the brush tip. Here you do not lose so much color and can easily wipe off the end and does not dirty up your water. In addition to using the method also preserves the brush, you should never dunk until the metal brush in the paint, since otherwise the paint dries and the brush and so it loses its point.

Result then after two hours, color is still fresh
If the paint is to keep for days, we can put the wet palette in the refrigerator, but please cover it; because this is a place where it can accumulate a lot of germs and bacteria otherwise. The lid is also useful for transport otherwise you can also use a plastic bag. I myself do not ever come to the wet palette to keep in the fridge because I mix a lot and everything blurs: D. Join me the paint dries then already a time. And I prefer acquiring a new piece of wax paper several times while painting. Also working with a dried surface  you should not apply color again, since the effect is wasted by the wet palette without water.

Conclusion and Alternatives
Foam: Hardly bubbles, very smooth surface, holds a very long time without drying even if like me, very high water storage, comes in one piece, in the long run most cost remains in great shape during transport, do not see any disadvantages
Kitchen roll: Used only once, many bubbles, easily available, many sizes available, water storage ok, as long as the paper towel not too smooth strokes / crushed.
Sponge: Many bubbles, hard to find a very sensible size
Felt: Hardly bubbles, very smooth surface, but quickly dries, water storage is not as high, comes in one piece

If you like the surface of kitchen roll may prefer to all other materials on it again create a situation.

As an alternative to baking paper coffee filter and I still wax paper tested.
Coffee filters: water diffuses through to good, and colors are in it too watery.
Greaseproof paper: Is too thin and dissolves quickly on several layers.

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