Whet The Palette Shall We?

I thought I would discuss something that was a complete eye opener for me; the wet palette.

Back in the day, when I was beginning my painting hobby, I used many things to mix my paint onto. At first it seemed a ceramic plate was a great way to go about thinning and mixing my colours, I soon realised that I needed more of a flat surface, so I moved up to a kitchen tile. That worked for a while, actually for the longest time that’s what I relied upon and only that. I tried other things like paint extender medium, and using mixing pots (which became VERY expensive). I am happy to say I have now seen the light; wet palettes.

As I traveled the Golden Demon award circuits, year after year I witnessed the painters that were on show there using a wet palette. I know the theory; you need to keep the paint moist so you can blend two or more colours on the miniature. It’s just, well, I wasn’t into blending on the model. Maybe I was just stubborn, but I would be the type of painter that used lots of colour gradations on any one space to achieve my desired effect, and would also utilise feathering of my colour(s).That worked for me for a very long time until I realised that wet palettes can serve another purpose entirely.

If anyone has ever experienced the pain in the neck of just how tedious a tile is to mix their paints on and then work against the clock to get that mix used for all your painting, before it dries up and then having to clean it off, know probably just how useful a wet palette is.

For those of you who have no idea what a wet palette is, its basically a shallow container that contains something that soaks up water, but on top of this material, whether it be a sponge, or kitchen towel, you lay your actual palette. This palette is made from a material that through a capillary action, draws water up from the sponge below and keeps the paint you are using most and the best thing, is that it reduces evaporation of your mix. You can get acrylic paper from any art store or you can even use parchment paper, but I have has more success with acrylic paper. It has worked wonders for me and if you have a container that comes with a lid of some sort, then you are able to seal out the outside environment, preserving the paint in a useable form.

It is just so freeing to know that you can work with a colour for as long as you need to, seal it up and then come back after lunch and pick up where you left off.

The wet palette is super easy to make. It doesn’t need to be overly expensive and the cost saving in dried up paints comes back to you very soon.

There are a few things you will need:

  1. A container that has a depth of 1″ to 2″ and can be as wide as you want. Make sure it has a lid that encloses firmly. Mine is about 7″ long, 5′ wide and 1.5″ deep This can be found at a “dollar store” or type of equivalent near to where you live. Usual cost is $1
  2. Cheap kitchen sponges. The thick kind. These can also be found at the same place as the container, so you can easily judge on the quantity of sponges needed. A bag of them should also cost you around $1. Try to find sponges that come to just below the height of the container you will purchase.
  3. “Handy Palette” acrylic paper.The one I found was made by a company named Masterson. This was the most expensive item at round $5.09. This is a little harder to find, but any quality art supply store will stock these.
  4. 5 minutes to construct the palette (time is priceless, so this may cost you more than you were bargaining for)

How to make the palette;

  1. Gather all components (see above) and firstly look at how many sponges you may need.
  2. Place the sponges in the container and cut any to size, to ensure that the entire container has a layer of sponge and leave them in the container.
  3. Take out a sheet of acrylic paper and cut to size to fit on top of the sponges. I like to cut a few at a time as extras for later. Set them all aside, but one.
  4. Take that one sheet of paper run it under HOT water and soak it for about 1- 2 minutes. The paper should become semi-transparent.
  5. Wet the sponges until they are completely soaked.
  6. Take the semi-transparent sheet of acrylic paper and lay it onto the sponges. It needs to stay moist (thanks to the sponges), but not saturated all the time (thanks to the sponges). Initially, if there are large pools of water, just soak them up a little with a paper towel.
  7. THAT’S IT!

You should be able to now place your paints onto the paper that’s moist and you can paint with this same colour, blending  and mixing your heart away for hours and hours. When you need to leave, just seal the container with the lid and NEVER let the paper dry out. just keep adding water to the sponges and keep the level topped up. You can also get more life out of the paper, but washing it off and then flipping it over to use the other side.

Happy painting! Feel free to post you experiences with wet palettes in the comments section below.

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Hot Off The Press (well the brush)!

Today we have another addition to the Seismic Studio blog family. Seismic Miniature Painting Studio is pleased to announce an Empire Warrior Priest. One of my most favourite models in the warhammer fantasy range ever released, sometimes the model doesn’t need to be big and imposing, with multiple components; a simple model can inspire us to great painting jobs. this miniature just got his final few brush strokes mere hours ago.

Image This magnificent sculpt is such a characterful model. The anger in his face tells us such a storied history and it seems like he has been wronged in his past. Armed to the teeth with two warhammers, he’s ready to take on all his demons.

I decided to paint his heavy plate armour  and also the two warhammers with NMM techniques and this brings out the amazing sculpt. There are some more photos to check out.

In addition, take a look at the current ebay auction for this new model:

 

Another First

Huge announcement. Seismic Miniature Painting Studio has just listed its first Ebay auction since launching the Blog and Facebook page.

What better model to list than the highly acclaimed Black Templar Chaplain in Terminator Armour. I have had much positive feedback about this piece and to top it off it was a joy to paint. I got some beautiful effects on the parchments and armour and the model has such a sinister look to him. He’s ready to enter any battle and smite the foe of the God-Emperor.

Check out the auction for yourself and make a bid while you are there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331086971306?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

A New Milestone For The Studio!

I want to officially announce the launch of the studio’s Facebook page! I am really excited to have this aspect of social media to complement this blog. From the page I am going to be adding events that I am attending, photographs of games that newly painted models are participating in and so much more.

In addition to this as I am painting new and exciting pieces, I will document it there and from time to time you will be able to find the miniatures under the side bar entitled ” At The Drawing Board”; a constant feed of instagram pics. You can also find new photos of my own personal models that have recently had photographs taken of them.

So if you wish to find some new work from the studio, take a minute and check out the new Facebook page www.facebook.com/seismicpainter

In addition to this the studio will soon find a stronger presence on Pinterest and Twitter, so stay tuned.

See you there!

Jonathan Palermo

Lead Artist