I had some difficulties yesterday in keeping up with the paint physically. The acrylics dry very quickly and I have a chronic pain condition which made it difficult for me to work hard enough and fast enough to keep up. One of the things I think might help here is to keep my paints wet enough to be able to work them easily so there’s less stress trying to get a lot done all at one time. I looked up online and there’s this thing called a ‘Stay Wet Pallet’ which is supposed to sort this out. It seems like a really good idea but it’s quite expensive especially when really it’s just an airtight box with a sponge and a piece of paper. So I thought I’d try to make my own.
(1) One of a pack of cellulose kitchen sponges
(2) A tupperware-type container
And (3) some baking paper
I trimmed the sponge to fit into the lid of the tupperware box. Like this:
Then cut out a piece of baking paper about the same size and wet the sponge and the paper really well. I put these into the lid and then was able to use it as a palette. Like this:
Even better, once I’ve finished for the day I can now either – throw away the baking paper with the paint on – no washing up!!!!! Hooray!!!!! – or just make sure there’s adequate water and put the lid on, leaving it all for the next day.
All in all I paid less than a quater of the price of a professional palette which will be really good – if it works!!!