Originally Posted by watercolourfanatic
I must say I object to the title of this thread
It misleads people into thinking having many palettes is an addiction
and this might hinder them in their pursuit of happiness thru collecting palettes.
Different palettes do different things
So how you paint will be aided by the palette you use
In Peter's photo above there as several types of palettes
I split them into three types of palettes:
• Studio, which are not portable and hence stay in your studio A, B, C, E in plastic or Ceramic, sometimes aluminum
• Folding Palettes that are flat and fold and can be taken outside in plastic, Enameled Aluminum or Enameled Metal D, F
• Paint Boxes, which have deep wells and a mixing flap, and can hold pans or sometime tube paints, and can be taken outside in Enameled Metal, Pressed Tin, and plastic G, H
What they do:
• Studio palettes can take tube paints and often depth in the mixing wells for large quanities of liquid for big washes, and is good for large work where you are repeating washes or mixes
• Folding Palettes will take tube paints, but is much harder to have enough liquid for large washes, and I find lend themselves well to wet on wet, where I can mix either in the wells on the paper, but do not use the palette for big washes. For easy of mixing they are similar to an oil palette.
• Paint Boxes tend to be much smaller than Studio palettes and smaller than Folding palettes, and the pans or tube filled pans are much less free for mixing to the mixing wells. But they hold plenty of space for larger washes
With pans, you can change easily what paint you have in your box, so you can change you paints as you feel or as the matter or season changes
So different palettes allow you different styles
Each has their advantage and disadvantage
If you have one of each type then you can have the best of all
My favorites are:
• Studio: B Robert Wade Deep mixing wells and deep holding wells for lots of wet paint and the lid has deep wash wells
(C Zoltan is superb for mixing combinations, a real learning tool and controlled mixing)
• Flat Folding: Holbein #350 in Enameled metal, I use it for plaine air when I stand and mix at speed often wet on wet. A very dynamic palette (I in fact have the 250 which is has smaller mixing area but did not know)
• Paint Box: Frome/ W/N Enameled 12 whole pan that takes 1/2 pans so you can have both whole and half pans in the box.
The Compact Box (Herrings) with 16 1/2 pans has room for folding brushes and will take tube paint and deep wells for washes. For sitting and sketching
A white dinner plate for mixing, tube paints on the side
A white muffin mixing tray for washes
It don't get better than that!!