Today I’d like to share a few tips for making quick and easy pallets for acrylic painting. I wanted easy pallet options for acrylic paints, something re-usable or something already destined for the waste bin, so I didn’t create extra waste.
You Will Need
- Plastic Lids from Milk cartons
- Non Stick craft sheet/oven liner (see options at end of page)
- Tin plate-white
The most reusable and best for colour mixing was the white tin plate. I got mine from a shop selling camping supplies. The white base makes it easy to see your mixed colours. Simply squeeze out your paint then mix. To clean; leave the paint to dry on the plate, then leave the plate in water for a short time and using a dedicated scrubbing/washing up brush, brush off the paint. Most of it will peel off, what won’t peel will scratch off using the back of the brush.
Ranger Craft sheet/ Non Stick oven liner
I have used the ‘proper’ Ranger one, then found the same thing in Lakelands and this is where I now buy mine. Details at the end of the article. This surface makes a great pallet just to put small amounts paint onto and for one stroke painting type techniques where you are blending paint on the brush. It is also ideal to have under your painting projects as like before its easy to clean. The only down side is the dark colour means it’s not easy to tell the true colour of mixed paints, so it’s not ideal for colour mixing.
We get those plastic milk bottles from the supermarkets. Having been brought up in the 1970s when there was always a Blue Peter appeal for collecting the metal lids from milk bottles of the day, it gave me the idea to try to reuse the plastic bottle tops.
These lids are quite shallow but other lids will give you different proportions. These are fine to put small amounts of your new paint out onto, but since they are strongly coloured they aren’t much good for mixing colours into. You can do it, but make sure you test your mixed colour before you use it on your project ;) Cleaning; difficult to clean, so they tend to be a one use item.
Try any non porous surface to mix onto. Remember NOT to return to the kitchen any item that you have used in your painting as the paints contain pigments and chemicals that are not safe to ingest!
I use old jam jars as water pots, this is handy as you can see when your water gets too grotty and you need to change it. I also use them for storing brushes in. Especially useful for brush storage are the taller jars, like the ones you get coffee in.
- Ranger suppliers of the original craft sheet. Custom lengths now available
- Lakeland Limited; A kitchen suppliers shop, but plenty of alternative products useful for crafting.
- Alternative to Craft Sheet; Lakeland Magic liner 25 x 50 cm 33 x 100 cm.
How about you, have you any tips for reusing household items for pallets/storage? I’d love to hear about them, do leave me a comment.
Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon