How to Create a Wet Palette for 8 Bucks

Creating a wet palette is really easy and since putting one together my painting has been so much easier I'm wondering why I didn't do it before.  Why do you want a wet palette? Well firstly it keeps your paint moist for a longer period of time than any other palette so you'll waste less paint.  Secondly it's an easy way to thin your point for wet blending or layering.  If you've got a good air tight lid you can also leave it for quite a while and then return to your paint without it drying out.  So if you want to create one yourself, here's a few simple steps.

1. Take a trip to Daiso

Daiso is a cheap or thrift store that sells household stuff.  I chose them because they were local and they are cheap but any cheap store will do.  Here's what you'll need.

  • 1 Lunch Box, small and flat
  • 1-2 flat kitchen sponges
  • Baking paper (not wax paper, it's not porous enough)

Actually that's it.  Let's get to making.

              Plenty of lunch boxes to choose from at Daiso though you might want something a little less... bear.

             Plenty of lunch boxes to choose from at Daiso though you might want something a little less... bear.

2. Cut your sponges into shape

Trace the shape of your lunch box onto your sponge or sponges and cut them to ft snugly into the box.  Slice off one corner of the sponge so it's easy to check the water level and refill when required.

3. Cut your baking paper into shape

Repeat step 2 with the baking paper.  It  might be a good idea to cut a few of these while you're at it because you'll go through them pretty quick.

4. Stuff It Up

Stuff your sponges into the lunch box and then fill with water so everything is wet to the touch.  The water level should be half way up  or so when you look through the hole you've cut.  Once it's all wet, put your baking paper on top so that the hole in the corner lines up.

5. Paint a Masterpiece

This is the only hard part.  Good luck with your painting.  Here's the finished product.