I want to share what paints I use on my palette and what kind of palette I use.
I lay out my paints around the edge of the palette and use the same basic palette each time I paint. I limit my palette to a small selection of warm and cool primary colors plus white. Then I mix everything from these basic colors.
The colors I use on my palette include:
Titanium White laid out in the two front corners of my palette. One white is for warm colors and one is for the cool colors.
Cadmium Yellow Light - one for mixing with the reds and one for the blues.
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Medium
Ultramarine Blue - one for mixing with the reds and one for mixing with the yellow.
Here's my palette in the middle of working on a painting.
I use a parchment paper palette that I make myself from paper I buy in the baking section of the supermarket. I used to be able to buy the parchment paper palettes from Tara when they made it in Georgia a few years ago. Unfortunately, they wanted to focus 100% on canvas and discontinued all their other products including the parchment palettes. I have looked high and low and even had a major supplier look into getting it, all to no avail. I see where it is available in Europe and Australia but I cannot get it here in the USA. I love the way the paint mixes and makes the parchment paper "glow". I like the little bit of "give" on a thick pad of the parchment paper. I tried other paper palettes with the waxy finish and found them totally unsuitable. The wax eventually comes off in nasty balls while mixing the colors with the palette knives.
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