Originally Posted by Cadfaeltex
I think one of my issues is Iíve got to find a palette solution that works for me. Today I tried a little plastic deal that came in a pack of three; think itís more for watercolor. Searching the forum for ideas.
I suggest you avoid using any plastic palettes that are really intended for water colors or gouache. Acrylics that become dried on one of these plastic palettes will be extremely hard to clean off. If you have to do a lot of scraping to get the dried acrylics off, you will wind up scratching the surface of the plastic palette. That makes it even more susceptible for the dried acrylics to stick even worse than before and become nearly impossible to clean off.
I use small flower-shaped porcelain palette dishes to hold my acrylic paints. They clean up like a breeze even if the acrylics dry on them. The small recessed paint wells help keep the paints moist with a little help from an occasional fine misting with distilled water.
You can find white porcelain paint palettes or containers in many shapes and sizes. There are even porcelain palettes that are styled after those big, multi-welled watercolor palettes that have big, flat mixing areas in the center. They are great but pricey. It all depends on your desires and your budget.
You don't have to buy something that is specifically made for holding paints. I've found white porcelain deviled egg dishes
that work great as acrylic paint palettes. I buy them at the local discount store and they are super cheap compared to something made for artists to use.
The key is to avoid using plastic palettes for your acrylics
. Look for something made from smooth glass or ceramic to help with easy cleanup.
By the way, when I'm done painting for the day, I give my paints a light spritz with distilled water and then cover them with a tight seal of Glad plastic food wrap. The paint sits in recessed wells so it doesn't touch the plastic wrap and the fine mist of water helps the plastic wrap seal air tight until the next time I want to paint.