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Round Style Palettes
Rectangular or Square Palettes with Slanted Wells
Color Wheel Palette
The palettes shown above are all made of durable plastics and come with lids. They are made for use in both studio and field work. Some styles
are also available in a heavier porcelain designed exclusively for studio painting. Enamel butcher trays (not shown) have long been a popular
choice for open palettes.
Many watercolorists prefer to work with fresh paint squeezed into their palette from tubes. The lidded palettes help to keep the paint moist
between painting sessions.
Folding Palettes and Travel Palettes for painting "en plein air" (outside)
Robert E Wood
These two rectangular shaped palettes
both have open ended wells so
the artist can "pull" the
paint from the well
to mix in the middle
These two palettes have
extra mixing "tubs" in the lids.
Folding palettes are available in both plastic and metal.
Many paint manufacturers have a travel palette with
pre-filled half pans of selected colors. The palettes
shown here come empty ready to fill with your
favorite tube colors.
Metal Full Pan Travel Palette
(Half Pans can be used
with this palette also)
The Possum Palette is a unique palette with individual removable cups with caps. And
there are some other speciality palettes designed to hold more paint colors. To some
artists the more paint you have the better! I agree if you do have the paint available in a
palette the more likely you are to use it.
Jones Palette (34 wells)
Cheap Joe's Original Palette
Holbein Type (Metal Folding)
The wells are fixed and ready to fill.
Masters Folding Palette (plastic)
There are several plastic palettes
available with a variety of wells and layouts.
|These are examples of
some pre-filled palettes by
such as Raphael, Winsor
Newton, Cotman, and
*** Check out Susie's personal travel palette layouts CLICK HERE
For fore information on Plein Air Gear and Plein Air Checklist CLICK HERE
Color Wheel Palette is used in my
Understanding Color DVD
You can find it online
if your local art supply
doesn't carry it.
See online links below
Above is the Premium Palette by Ann Breckon
It's not just a palette it's a stackable palette system!
Let's look at it from bottom to top:
- It has 24 large flat bottomed wells in the base palette
- The removable mixing tray(s) allows you to save your color mixes
when switching from one painting to another. (Smart!)
- Sturdy plastic lid (comes with adhesive labels for easy ID of paints)
- Pack-along Palette with its own separate lid snaps into the pocket
in the larger lid is perfect for additional colors and can serve as a
For more information: www.annbreckon.com
or write firstname.lastname@example.org
There are so many watercolor palettes available these days. Like most of your watercolor supplies you will learn what
type of palette fits your personal style and needs as you proceed along your watercolor journey. Your first teacher will
probably recommend a good starter palette. Anything that holds your paint and allows you to mix the colors freely will
work in the beginning. I provide large sized plastic platters or plates when I teach an introductory watercolor class for
non-painters. When you decide you're serious about painting with watercolor you will need a better palette. I will tell
you my personal favorites in addition to taking a look at some of the watercolor palettes on the market today.
Palettes with Flat Wells
I prefer a palette with flat bottomed wells (rather than slanted) and a large undivided mixing
area. Since I like to fill the wells from my tubes and let the paint dry completely before and
between uses. The cover makes a nice dust cover and handy secondary mixing area.
For a starting palette layout, I like to use a chromatic arrangement of paint colors. Using the
colors of the rainbow as a guide the order for these colors are red, orange, yellow, green,
green-blue, blue, and violet. The spaces between these basic colors are reserved for
additional colors in these hues to be added later. If you click on the palette image's below
you will see a larger (printable) layout.