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Old 03-16-2017, 12:42 PM
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Re: Stay Wet Palette

I have used plastic coated lining wallpaper (the type you can paint over) cut to suit the size of the palette in place of baking parchment
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Speaking of keeping thinks wet - I misplaced my beloved spray bottle and I can't find a replacement that has a super-fine spray that I want for painting.
Any suggestions appreciated.

A basic garden sprayer can be made to work. Turn the adjuster all the way off, then open gradually until it barely sprays. When you use it, step back a bit. The big droplets will mostly fall to the floor but the mist will drift over your palette or on to the painting surface. It goes without saying that you may need to protect the floor, but that's a common sense thing to do anyway.

Don't like that? Maybe try a perfume atomizer.
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Re: Stay Wet Palette

Maybe scrape unwanted paint before it's dry with a plastic palette knife, and wipe the scrapings on a paper towel. Then the unwanted paint can dry, and be thrown away dry. (No need to wash wet or dry paint down the drain unnecesarily.) One advantage of the tear-off paper palette is that a sheet can be allowed to dry as is before disposal. And one sheet actually can last a while, and can be scraped with a plastic palette knife during use, although curling up is a problem, if kept in a plastic palette keeper box such as the Masterson box. The plastic overhead projecter sheets would solve that problem which would be very helpful. Thanks again for the tip.
Using a palette knife to scrape a single sheet of paper placed in a Masterson Painter's Pal box (yellow lid) is aided by adding a thin sheet of acrylic cut to size in the box under the paper, so the paper stays really flat. Dick Blick metal frames include such rigid-but-thin acrylic sheets, intended as glazing, which an Exacto knife cuts easily. As much as I like them, the Masterson boxes have weird curves and depressions related to the manufacturing process apparently, especially the largest-sized box. I wish the manufacturer would redesign the bottom of the largest box (blue or red lid) to be really flat and smooth.
The Holbein sprayer available many places, such as Dick Blick, is small and runs out of water quickly, but works well and produces a fine spray. So that's my two cents.
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Re: Stay Wet Palette

Thanks guys for the suggestions - I bought a lens cleaning kit at the dollar store It contained a cleaning cloth and a small pump-spray bottle that gives
a fine mist-fog - it could not be any finer without stripping of atoms. Just what I wanted.
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Re: Stay Wet Palette

Surplus places such as American Science Surplus will often have small spray bottles (usually called atomizers). You usually need to buy "in bulk." A while back I bought five 2 oz bottles for $4. Enough to last me a lifetime!
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DIY or store-bought: use distilled water to avoid mold growing on your paints. (tip I overheard from a Blick employee)


just boil the water before using and its enough. There will be far more mold spores in the atmosphere after that than in the water, destiled water will not keep free of spores when you touch it with a brush :P
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Re: Stay Wet Palette

I use a spray bottle with a little laundry bleach in the water and spray a bit into my stay wet pallet when I finish for the day.

It keeps down the mold and I don't see any bad effects on the paint.
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I use a spray bottle with a little laundry bleach in the water and spray a bit into my stay wet pallet when I finish for the day.

It keeps down the mold and I don't see any bad effects on the paint.

Fun fact: the paint contains small amounts of ammonia.
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