Wooden palettes have traditionally been used for years by oil and acrylic painters, as they are strong but lightweight. Also, the wooden palettes have a smooth, hard surface which is ideal for painting on and enhances the artists’ experience. These wooden palettes have many advantages compared with either glass or a tear-off parchment paper palette. Due to the mid-tone wood colour, they enable artists to see the true value of both light and dark paints against the palette. 

It is important to understand that you can either buy a fully-finished and prepared wooden palette or an unfinished one which will require preparation before use. The more time and effort you put into caring for your wooden palette, the better experience you will have painting. 

When it comes to preparing your raw wooden palette, you can either seal it with varnish or oil.  When using solvents to clean your palette, it can sometimes partially remove the varnish, but it does not remove oil. 

It is important before you varnish or oil your palette, that you make sure it is clean and dust free. 

Varnish

When using varnish to treat your wooden palette, it is important to know that the varnish will not dissolve with your painting mediums or solvents and it will not conflict with your oil paints. 

Apply your varnish to the wooden palette with a brush, making sure you only apply a light, thin layer. Then let it dry for a few hours before adding on an additional coat of varnish. It is recommended to give your palette a quick sand between coats to maintain a smooth surface. If you give your palette two/three coats of varnish then it will make your palette very smooth and ready to use in 24 hours. 

Oil

Although using oil treatment takes longer to get your palette ready to use, it is worth the wait. 

First, lightly sand the palette’s surface to create a smooth finish. Then dip a rag or piece of cloth into boiled linseed oil and cover the surface of the palette thoroughly. Make sure you let the oil soak into the wood for around 30 to 60 minutes. Then use a clean/new rag or piece of cloth to wipe any excess linseed off the palette. After this, you need to let the wooden palette dry out completely before repeating this process twice more. Overall, it will take three days to complete the process successfully. 

To keep any palette clean it is important not to let paint dry on it. With oil paints they take a while to dry so even if you left it overnight, the paint should come off fairly easily still. Whereas, acrylics dry quicker so you have less time to clear the paint of your palette. 

First you need to scrape all of the paint off your palette using a palette knife. Then to remove the excess paint, apply a thin/light coat of a solvent and allow this to soak in for about 5 minutes. Finally wipe the palette clean with either paper towel or a piece of clean cloth. If needed, repeat the steps. 

Wooden Kidney Shaped Palette

The range of Loxley deluxe wooden 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. The ‘small’ in this range is still comparably generous in size, whilst the ‘medium’ and ‘large’ removes virtually any restraints on your mixing area. The beautifully stained and sealed surface is resistant to water and artists’ oils and solvents so your paint retains its properties. The curved edges and thumb-hole prevent discomfort and fatigue, essential for any painter. The wood-resin based core provides maximum stability whilst minimising weight to provide this choice of larger mixing area palettes.

Oblong Anatomical Wooden Palette

Loxley oblong anatomical oiled wooden palette with thumb hole, made from water resistant oiled plywood for mixing oil and acrylic paint. Approximate size is 400 x 300mm.

Oval Anatomical Wooden Palette

Loxley oval anatomical oiled wooden palette with thumb hole, made from water-resistant oiled plywood for mixing oil and acrylic paint. Approximate size is 400 x 300mm.

Wooden Oval Palette

A stable 5mm plywood palette that is treated and ready to use with oil and acrylic paints. The oval palette has a cut thumb hole for holding providing comfort and balance. 300 x 256 mm (Aprox).

Wooden Oblong Palette

A stable 5mm plywood palette that is treated and ready to use with oil and acrylic paints. The rectangular palette has a cut thumb hole for holding providing comfort and balance. 350 x 255 mm