While painting this afternoon, watercolor paint from my new Holbein metal folding palette began leaking all over my hand.
I was painting in my home studio, holding the Holbein palette in my left hand when I suddenly noticed orange watercolor paint all over my hand - toxic Cadmium Orange at that!
I could not figure out how this had happened as my mixtures are not very watery. I washed the paint off my hand, cleaned up the palette and then went back to work.
A little while later I saw that my hand was soaked with watery orange paint again. I checked my carpet for drips of paint but it was okay. What is truly amazing is that there was no orange paint on my palette -- only mixtures of cerulean blue, sap green and ultramarine blue.
After a more careful examination of this item I noticed there are two tiny pinholes on each side of the palette. Obviously these pinholes have been drilled by the manufacturer. When I tapped the palette on one side, orange water began dripping out of the hole on the other side!
I have absolutely no use for a leaky palette. My cheap $3 plastic palettes never leaked, but this $50 palette leaks. I cannot believe this. I thought I had just purchased the best folding palette in the world. I was so excited to receive this palette and have been treating it with great care, wiping it clean after each use.
Does anyone here know why in the world these holes have been drilled into this palette? If the holes were put there to act as drains so the palette will not rust, it makes the palette totally worthless for who wants to paint with water dripping into the palm of their hand?
Thanking you in advance for your time!