Quick Hint #11

Wet Palette

For those of you who haven’t come across the term a wet palette is a way of keeping paint usable for an extended period of time. This can be useful if you are painting a number of figures over several hours or even days with mixed colours, which can often be difficult to reproduce. The wet palette provides continuous moisture to the paint preventing it from drying out by keeping it in a moist environment but without making it overly wet.

Luckily a wet palette is very easy and cheap to make, in fact you probably have everything you need to make one already (or can nick stuff from the kitchen when your other half isn’t looking).


What you will need are the following items:

  • Sealable plastic container: Figure clam shell case or small food container
  • Sponge: Many clam shell cases already come with this cut to size
  • Parchment paper: This stuff is cheap to buy from the cooking aisle in your local store or you may well already have some. You don’t need much
  • Water: Difficult to find in a drought but otherwise abundant and cheap


This will take about 2 minutes and is relatively safe to accomplish.

  1. Cut sponge to fit inside container (don’t run with scissors)
  2. Moisten sponge (get it dripping wet then squeeze most of the water out)
  3. Place sponge in container
  4. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit on sponge
  5. Place parchment paper on sponge
  6. Leave it for half an our for the parchment paper to absorb some of the water
  7. Done!
The Completed Item
The Completed Item

Using your Wet Palette

Simply mix your paints on the parchment paper, moisture will be drawn through the paper by the paint as it dries keeping it from drying out. When you take a break from painting simply close the container to keep the paint moist until you need to use it again. Apart from having to moisten the sponge or replace the parchment paper periodically your wet palette will last you forever (ish!).

Have fun and may your paint never dry out :-).

About Jarec

Long term Wargamer and dice hugger. My preferences tend towards Fantasy and Sci-Fi but I have a strong interest in the WWII and Vietnam gaming eras.
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