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How to Make a Homemade Wet Palette

Stop!

Don’t you dare buy that expensive wet palette. Your paints deserve not to lose moisture quickly, yes, but not at the cost of draining your wallet. With a few simple household items you have on hand right now, you’ll have the means to make a wet palette on your own for no extra cost to you.

For this, you’re going to need a roll of paper towels, parchment paper used for baking, and a container with an airtight lid.

STEP ONE

Fold a paper towel to fit the bottom of the container. If you’re using a larger container, you can place another paper towel in there, but you want the bottom lined adequately enough for full coverage.

STEP TWO

Once you’ve lined the bottom of the container with the paper towel, dampen it with just enough water to have the whole thing moisturized. You don’t want to soak the container, and you don’t want there to be standing water. It should look something like this when you’re done.

STEP THREE

Tear off enough of the parchment paper to place on top of the paper towel. It doesn’t have to be total coverage, just as much as you need to place your paints on. IT MUST BE PARCHMENT PAPER, wax paper doesn’t allow moisture to break through and will be useless in keeping your paints moist.

That’s it! You now have your own wet palette just by using normal household items.

As long as your container has an airtight lid, the life of any paint you put in the container is extended as long as there is moisture available. This is also a great and mess-free method to thin and mix paints as well. Whenever you’re ready for a new  batch of colors once your parchment is full, it’s as simple as tossing out the old parchment and putting in a new piece. If your paper towel ever starts to dry out, just add a little bit more water, but this is only something you’ll have to do now and then or upon replacing an older paper towel that’s been in there a month or so.

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