How to choose an Oil Painting Palette

Either a wooden palette, a white palette or a clear palette is the usual choice for oil painting. Each of them have their advantages and they will each satisfy different needs. 

Traditionally a thin wooden palette (often a kidney shape) was used by oil painters, for a number of reasons. The kidney shaped palettes are exceptionally stable, large and comfortable to use. Shaped ergonomically to fit around your body and keep your paint within easy reach, these palettes are reversible and suitable for either left-handed or right handed artists. They are also beautifully stained and their sealed surfaces are resistant to water and artists’ oils and solvents so your paint retains its properties. However, some wooden palettes may come in a raw form so you will need to seal it to make it less absorbent of oil. These wooden palettes are ideal to use if you use a toned background as it allows you to see how the paint colours will appear on a medium tone.

White palettes can be made from either plastic, ceramic or parchment. As many artists start off with a white canvas, using a white palette is an advantage is it allows you to judge the colour in relations to the white. 

Our Loxley flat plastic mixing palette provides an uninterrupted area for laying out and mixing paints such as acrylics and oils. Based on the classic artist’s palette design, the white surface makes it easier to colour-test with less background interference. The smooth flat surface makes this very easy to clean and a thumb hole enables a comfortable and balanced hold. Then our Loxley Expendable Tear-Off Paper Palette which are impervious to oil and acrylic paint, providing a great mixing surface that can be torn out of the pad and disposed of after use saving valuable time when cleaning up. The pad has a card base that give rigidity and a thumb hole for holding when painting.

Clear palettes are great to have near you when painting as they are easy to clean and enables the artist to see better the colour match when held over the painting or subject as the palette is see-through. The palette is lightweight and has an ergonomic thumb hole so that it can be held in the traditional way supported by the forearm making it comfortable to use. 

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