When I first squeezed out a tube of acrylic paint onto my palette I hated its guts. One brushful hardly went anywhere and my brush almost dried solid on the canvas as I was painting.

rain-drops‘This can’t be right,’ I repeated to myself until every blob of stupid acrylic dried like concrete onto my palette. I knew the drying time of acrylics was quick but crikey me to use this properly I would need eight brushes and move like Keanu Reeves once he’d mastered the Matrix.

‘You are the one’,‘No, I’m not’, ‘Yes, you are’,‘No, I’m not’, etc.

I stared at my £60 worth of acrylic paint and wept bitter tears. Once I felt as though I’d been dramatic enough I went to have a word with Google and this is what it said:

‘Make yourself a Stay Wet Palette.’

So I did.

Here’s what you do.

  1. Get a strip of kitchen roll and put it on your normal palette,
  2. Splash some water onto it
  3. Put some grease proof paper on top
  4. Squeeze out your paint onto the grease proof paper and, due to magic or osmosis one of the two, your acrylic paint doesn’t dry up.

It’s really that simple.

Now, all because of the Stay Wet Palette, I love acrylics.

Thanks for reading.

Ian Young

Acrylics Essentials – The Stay Wet Palette

2 thoughts on “Acrylics Essentials – The Stay Wet Palette

  • May 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I agree, a stay wet palette is a must have when painting with acrylics or they just dry up (not sure you have to move as fast as Keanu though). I actually bought one but it sounds as though you’re method would be just as good and cheaper.

    I also got one of those sprays to spray on the palette, that works but the palette is better.


    • May 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      You are the one, CJ

      I tried the spray thing as well but you’re right it’s not as good, thanks for the comment, Ian


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