what is a wet palette

What is a wet palette ?

What is a wet palette ? A wet palette is an essential tool for every painter. It is the surface where you will mix your acrylic paint. But also try different paint consistencies and master all kinds of advanced painting techniques. Its main purpose is to keep your acrylic paint fresh for hours or even days between sessions. 

The Redgrass Games wet palettes are designed with the best materials possible and a proprietary patented hydration system. So everything has been designed to help you focus on your painting sessions.

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What is a wet palette : Principle

A wet palette typically consists of a plastic case, a layer of absorbent material and a paper with a porous surface on topThe palette will deliver the right amount of moisture keeping your paint workable for hours.

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What kind of paint can I use?

Wet palettes are often used by artists who work with water-based paints, such as acrylic paints, hobby acrylic paints or gouache paints because these types of paints can dry out quickly when left uncovered.

Wet palettes can also be used with oil paints, although they may require a different type of absorbent material in order to maintain the correct level of humidity. We recommend using a dry palette such as a glass palette instead. 

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Acrylic paints:

Acrylic paint dries quickly because it is water-based and the water evaporates, leaving the paint to harden. 

Acrylic paint also contains acrylic polymer emulsion, which dries and hardens when exposed to air. The paint’s quick drying time is one of the reasons it is popular among artists. It allows them to work quickly and layer their paintings without having to wait for previous layers to dry. Additionally, acrylic paint can be thinned with water, which speeds up the drying process. 

Unfortunately, the drying time is also a serious issue when mixing the paint on a dry surface such as a dry palette or a plastic palette. Hopefully, wet palettes have been created to help prevent this and avoid wasting paint. 

Gouache paints:

Gouache paint is a water-based paint that is similar to watercolor paint, but it is thicker and more opaque. Gouache is made by mixing a pigment with a binding agent, such as gum arabic, and then adding water to create a paint that can be applied to a variety of surfaces.

 The paint can be thinned with water. Gouache paint dries quickly and is water-soluble, so it can be easily cleaned up with water. A great advantage over other kind of medium. 

Using a wet palette can help stabilize the paint consistency. On a well-made wet palette the paint will neither dry or get too wet. So using a wet palette for gouache paint is also recommended. 

5 Advantages of using a wet palette?

Overall, a wet palette can be a useful tool for artists who want to keep their paints fresh and workable for a longer period of time and who want to maintain the vibrancy of their colors.

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A wet palette is a palette used for mixing and storing paint that is used in painting or drawing. It is designed to keep the paint moist and workable for a longer period of time by maintaining a consistent level of humidity.

This perfected wet palette will keep your paint stable and wet for hours, and keep it completely sealed once closed. Never before has painting with hobby paints be so precise and enjoyable. What’s more, the membranes are reusable.

We recommend using the following wet palettes

  • redgrass wet palette studio XL 2

    Studio XL v2 Wet Palette

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  • hydration membrane for wet palette studio XL V2

    15x Studio v2 Reusable Membranes for Everlasting Wet Palette

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    Painter v2 Wet Palette

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The Everlasting Wet Palette v2 was created in 2021. At the time, it was the most successful Kickstarter campaign for miniature painting (and it probably still is). 13954 backers helped us make this v2 project a reality. As a result, RGG wet palettes are the most popular palettes for acrylic paints, gouache paints and miniature painting.