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In the oil painting, the palette has two meanings. The first refers to the surface on which your color is mixed; The second meaning is the amount of colors used for painting.
Most artists prefer a wooden palette. Some use a thick piece of glass placed on top of a paper of gray paper. But a glass palette is limited to using the studio and working from a tablet, which is a small table that holds most of your painting tool.
My preference is for the wooden palette. Wooden palettes come in various shapes and sizes; The most popular is the oval shape that is designed to fit into the elbow and is gripped with the thumb through the hole in the palette. The wooden palette can be either a small plate or a large plate. As a teacher, I recommend that beginners use the smaller size palette.
Before the pallet can be used for painting, it needs to be prepared with sealant. Unsealed palettes will leak the delicate oils from your color and tear them off their luster.
There are three different methods for preparing a palette for painting. One can easily apply a few scales of scallop and allow each coat to dry thoroughly before the next. Some artists who have invested in an expensive, counterbalanced palette gently seal it with a French polish that gives it the look of a fine antique. However, there is a serious drawback to these two preparations: the hot color jets make it difficult to accurately measure the color mixture.
The better method is this: invest in one liter of linseed oil. It doesn't have to be an artist class. Raw linseed oil found in hardware stores is enough.
Pour a couple of tablespoons of linseed oil onto your palette and with a clean rag spoon spread evenly over the palette. Let the oil sink for about an hour and then repeat six to eight times. To keep the palette from twisting, it is not a bad idea to work both sides evenly.
The goal is to saturate the wood with oil. When you are fully saturated, set your palette aside and allow it to air dry for several days. Even after a week, your palette will still feel greasy. This is a good sign. That means your palette is ready to begin your journey.
Although the palette is completely filled with oil, it will still leak the delicate softeners from your color. But just for a while.
At the end of each target day, clean your palette. NEVER ever use turpentine to mop up your colors. Turpentine is a solvent and it will remove your palette as a thief run in a foreclosed housing development.
Instead, scrape your paint with a painting knife and rub the rest in the palette with a cloth. In a short time, a soft, wax-like surface develops that will literally love your oil painting. This waxy surface also gets a neutral gray color that allows you to thoroughly mix and paint the color, tone and temperature of the paint.
Your painting palette is an indispensable tool and your brushes should be taken care of.