Easy Palette For Painting

Easy Palette For Painting

Easy Palette With Freezer Paper

Let’s talk about the Painter’s Palette.

Throughout the years of being an artist and loving to paint as much as I can, I have picked up a thing or two I am always looking for things that help You and I save ($$$) money.

Today I want to talk about the painter’s palette there are so many to choose from on the market you could go nuts trying to find one that you like best. I have several from plastic to wood to using an old canvas etc… the list goes on, but if you are looking for a good all purpose palette that will serve you well and is disposable try using  Reynolds Freezer Paper I use this stuff all the time especially for my students when I am teaching a class, normally I supply everything for new students so this makes for easy cleanup at the end of the day.

How to use: The Freezer paper comes in 18 inch width so I tear off about 24 inches  so that makes my palette 18x24 that gives me lots of mixing space. Next I use masking tape to tape the corners down so it won’t move when I am mixing or loading a brush, one of the best parts  about the paper is if you have paint left put it in an airtight container and freeze it to use it again or simply toss it in the trash if you are finished with it.

Note: I forgot to mention the freezer paper has a shiny side and a dull side the shiny side should be facing up, the paint does not bleed through it is very strong and durable.

You can pick this Freezer paper up at about anywhere grocery stores or  Walmart  has 150 ft rolls most stores only have 75 ft 

How To – White Base Medium

How To – White Base Medium

How To Make  And Apply • The Base White Medium For Wet On Wet Painting

Often I get question about the medium used in wet on wet painting, it is called various names through different manufacturers, Alexander calls it Magic White, Bob Ross calls it Liquid White, and so on it is basically a thinned down white oil paint.

You can use different kinds of methods to make your on base medium,  I use a simple mixture of Titanium White and Linseed Oil, of course you can use a different type of oil, I use linseed oil because that’s what I have on hand if I had safflower oil I would use that,  there are several types of medium to use but linseed oil keeps the medium wet longer than just adding paint thinner to your paint.

Applying The Base White Medium Before You Start Painting.

• This video shows you how to apply a base white medium to the canvas or whatever surface you are using.

• You can make this medium by mixing  Titanium White oil paint and linseed oil, use the linseed oil to get the paint ultra creamy.

• Let’s say you want to use a clear medium base instead of a white medium base,  I simply use Linseed oil or again you could use Safflower Oil. Caution remember to use a paper towel to wipe over the canvas to remove the excess clear medium, or your paint will run off the canvas.

• 1. Here is how to get started use a one or two-inch brush, apply a thin even coat onto the surface you are going to be painting on.

• 2. Next let’s check and see if you have got enough or too much base medium on the canvas, here is the easiest way look at your canvas from the side so the light will glare  you want to see if the canvas is shiny all over with the paint you just applied, now look to see if you see the texture of the canvas, if you do see the texture,then you are good to go! if you see thick brush strokes then you have too much and need to remove the excess with a paper towel. One other thing, having not applied enough medium is just as bad as applying too much, less can make it just as difficult for the paint to flow, touch the surface with your finger tip if it looks like speckles you may not have enough, just simply add a small amount till you get enough.

• 3. Enjoy the video.