Today I'm sharing a few tips with my artist friends,
mostly learned through trial and error.
I've learned the hard way, that sometimes there's a reason that I'm not getting the results I am seeking when my painting
looks like crap is not so successful.
A less than ideal working palette is a definite hinderance. Especially when it is as disgustingly crusty, globbed up, dry and dirty as mine was.
Case in point.
When using a covered palette with tube watercolors,
if you don't let it get this bad, fresh pigment can be added to the semi-hardened paint. Then the two consistencies can be stirred together with a smidgen of water to reconstitute it.
However, I have been neglecting my palette for months and there was not much I could salvage!
I had to scrape out the old stuff that was inundated with hard globs, brush hairs and dirt. Then scrub the crust from the wells and start with fresh squeezed pigment.
I used a butter knife, bristle brush, water and lots
of paper towels to accomplish the job.
When I finally got all the wells clean, I squeezed out new pigment using my Tube-Wringer which helps you get every possible drop out of the tube. As you probably already know, if you are still reading this, pigments can be very expensive!
It's a real money saver and a big thumbs up from me.
Ah, now doesn't that look totally inviting?
Palette Colors from top left clockwise.....
Cobalt Blue - Nice medium blue - has white in it
Cobalt Violet - Nice non-staining violet - has white in it
*Naples Yellow - love this color, use it often
*Titanium White - just started using this with my Yupos
*Gamboge - nice bright color - instead of Cadmium Yellow
*Olive Green - Lukas - love this - color varies by maker
Hooker's Green Dark
*Turquoise - American Journey or DaVinci- love this!
Turquoise - Lukas - color varies by maker
*Ultramarine Blue* Colors most used
The supplies shown above are my current choice for a thorough cleaning and a total palette makeover. They are a paint tube wringer, bristle brush, butter knife, water and pliers (to pry off caps and squeeze the very last splotch of paint from tube). You will also need plenty of paper towels, water and a spray bottle.