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Hey guys, sorry if this question seems a bit stupid.
I've just gotten back into painting, and threw out most of my old kit years ago. I used to use an old ceramic tile as a mixing pallet, which I've replaced with an old plate from my kitchen. The problem is theres no way to mix washes on it (it's too flat). I've got one of those plastic pallets from a painting starter set which has some nice rounded holes which are ideal for mixing washes in, problem is I'm struggling to clean them enough to re-use.
I was wondering if anybody could give me some advice on either what to use as a pallet for washes or a way to clean the plastic one I already have (preferably with stuff you can find around the house since I'm on a helluva tight budget)
Thanks in advance
I'm a lazy man, who doesn't own a real pallet- so i use the plastic bits from blister packs- i've got tons of them laying about...
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That's a brilliat idea, never thought of doing that, cheers
If you mean mixing water and paint to make a wash, the blister packs work. If it's a wash you're going to be using a lot, you might consider picking up a dropper bottle of some kind, mixing up a huge batch in that, and then you have it available when you need it. Most art stores sell dropper-tip bottles, and any paint company that distributes paint in those bottles (Vallejo, Reaper, etc) offers empty bottles for sale, too. In any case, they cost pennies. Dirt cheap.
Recently when painting large amounts of the same colour I've been mixing them up in a plastic ice cube tray - sounds odd but it works quite well.
I use a plastic one I bought from an art store for somewhere in the region of 0.75p, which looks like this:
If I manage to fill up all 10 depressions, they're pretty easy to clean up by just picking the dried paint out of them.
A friend of mine uses the same palette and deliberately waits until every depression is filled up before trying to peel all the paint off in one go, which is always pretty impressive to watch. He has managed it several times too!
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@minus_t that looks ideal, I'll have to wander into town and see if we have any art shops (I'm struggling to think of any).
but first I'll check the garage for any plastic ice trays like chrispcarter said.