Re: The Question of the Day Wednesday 29th January 2020
I prefer what ceramic does to the paint's consistency. I have several of the Richeson glossy porcelain palettes, and a few similar condiment dishes from the restaurant supply store. Somehow the ceramic surface just seems to be more knowledgeable about what the paint wants to do and what the watercolorist wants to know about the paint. I like clean glossy white porcelain surfaces for mixing. But ceramic is hard to carry around, breaks easily, heavier than other options, so I'm weaning myself and getting more accustomed to the tin innards of my travel half-pan boxes. I have heard that you can nicely coat any old tin cookie or mint box with a few layers of spray-paint enamel (choose semi-matte white or a truly neutral grey for best view while color mixing). I should probably try that out. Plastic has the problem of beading up, unless you know how to control the beads to the right degree (rub with toothpaste, they say?). All of the complaints about various palette types and surfaces are really moot, just tempests in teapots, though, relative to the other challenges that watercolor brings. In a pinch you can probably make-do with an old magazine cover to mix your washes!
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Last edited by cliftonprince : 01-30-2020 at 10:13 PM.