Get Set up Properly, artist palette

by Ron Gribble

If you cannot keep your work place clean and tidy, you will never paint a clean and correct painting.

In the next posts, I want to give you tips on how I keep from painting " Mud" coloured paintings. The secret is in getting organised and disciplined. So often in my workshop, I see people who get paint literally everywhere.

So we will cover: 
  • Palette
  • Brush Cleaners
  • Care of Brushes
  • Colour Mixing – More colours, means mud.

The Palette:

In the studio I use a piece of glass. It cleans very easily, as the paint does not soak into it. If I am tinting my board a darker colour, I can slide a sheet of paper, tinted the same colour under the glass. This allows me to mix against the colour on my canvas.

The piles of raw colours around the edges (use the edges further away from you) will dry much slower on the glass. Use a large piece mine is about 1500mm x 400mm. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and use a painting trowel, with a bent neck, to mix your colours.

mixing paint with a dirty brush
Never mix with a brush

Never mix with a brush this forces the raw colour up into the ferrule of the brush and you lose control of the colour very quickly.

Stop and clean up regularly, brushes and pallet.

Next post: We will learn about brush cleaners.

Happy Painting
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