About a year back I saw a few youtube clips espousing the many virtues of the wet palette for miniature painting, and I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately the instructions didn’t translate perfectly as they were American, and I couldn’t get the same brand of paper here in Australia so I made the decision to use what ever paper came to hand, printer paper in this case.
As it turns out printer paper is just terrible for wet palettes. It gets wet and then disintegrates leaving your paint filled with chunks of fibres – so I chucked it out in disgust.
Fast forward to last week, and I read something else written by an Australian this time who specified the EXACT brand of paper to use. In my parts it is called baking paper and the best local example of that is GLAD BAKE. Americans tend to specify a rather nebulous product (in these parts at least) named “parchment paper”, although if you’re near a Costco I saw some of that on the shelf there so give it a go if you like.
So, equipped with some of this magic paper I set about making a wet palette from the sort of stuff any miniature painter should have in spades – a plastic case, a bit of sponge, a tissue, a square of baking paper and some water to fill the case.
Some companies sell these things off the shelf, but really you should have all of this stuff within relatively easy reach, spending more than $5 on one is too much. Here’s mine below:
The sponge is at the bottom, the tissue in the middle and the baking paper on the top. Its filled with enough water to soak the sponge and tissue but not so much as to have surface water on top of that.
So why would I write all this about the wet palette? Simply it is the best thing to happen to me and miniature painting since I first picked up a brush. Why? Because so much time with a dry palette is spent re-adding and re-mixing colours. Not only do you waste less paint, but you spend less time mucking about. I’ve levelled up literally over night as a painter, I’d never go back. Results to come…