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Old 09-11-2019, 05:15 AM   #1
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Hi all - quick question? Has anyone found a good mixing palate for mixed media's? You know, like the right half of the Tim Holtz mixed media package, just the glass piece? I want it big enough to mix different colors of different media's, inks, watercolors, pastels, etc., not just water based media?

I could be totally over-thinking this. Maybe it's just a piece of glass, but I do love a good tool

Thanks for your thoughts!
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I’m not familiar with Tim’s Mixed Media Package, But aside from suggesting that some mediums prefer ceramic more than plastic, these larger ceramic coated tray palettes are nice. I first started using one for watercolors after a blogger I follow (Lisa Spangler) mentioned them. These may not be the ones she used. They’re big enough that it’s easy to keep different puddles separate.

https://www.dickblick.com/products/b...tray-palettes/

I got this one, which I think is the same that DB carries:
Amazon.com: Enamel Butcher Tray 7x10.5 inches: Industrial & Scientific

I also bought a sectioned one mostly for watercolors; I slip it into a baggie when done and my gel watercolors stay usable.

If you want different sections, ceramic is nice. Here’s an article:
https://www.scratchmadejournal.com/b...lettes-reviews

That said, ceramic or porcelain of other types work well. Some instructor suggested going to a dollar store or any store and buying a white ceramic plate or small, shallow baking dish. The article above mentions it. (I have a small, rectangular baking dish with low sides, and use it in the kitchen, but one of these days it just might disappear from there. )

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Thanks! What a great idea! I do love old china as well so a nice old ceramic tray might just do the trick besides being a pretty tool - lol. I'll think about that divided part too. I can see where that'd be handy.
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Betty Krause on YouTube (abstract painter) uses 4 mil? clear plastic spread over her table as a massive palette. I want to try that one day!
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You can buy the Ranger mat by the foot and 39” wide at joggles.com to cover an entire table top.
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Betty Krause on YouTube (abstract painter) uses 4 mil? clear plastic spread over her table as a massive palette. I want to try that one day!


Yes? I'd think the paint would bead up on the plastic. Maybe it depends on the plastic. Thanks! I surely love the size idea. It just makes you think bigger naturally, doesn't it? How fun!
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Oh? What a fun site Joggles is. I didn't find the mat thou. What would it be called? I do have Ranger mats although they're smaller and gold toned. I'd be more interested in white to really see what the heck I'm doing Thanks again for great links!
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Watercolors wouldn’t love plastic, preferring glass, porcelain, ceramics, but acrylic paint should be okay. I’d rather have something that all mediums play nice with. The Tim Holtz glass mat works well when I don’t use a lot of a medium, though my gel watercolors always go in a palette since they can be saved and re-wet.
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Oh? What a fun site Joggles is. I didn't find the mat thou. What would it be called? I do have Ranger mats although they're smaller and gold toned. I'd be more interested in white to really see what the heck I'm doing Thanks again for great links!

It’s the same beige color. When I contacted Ranger to see if they had larger mats, they directed me to Joggles.

Googling “Joggles ranger mat” pops it up. : )
Ranger NonStick Craft Sheet - BY THE FOOT - SHIPS SEPARATELY - Joggles.com

It’s not cheap but at 39” wide and as long as needed it’s great, and with a little care should last eons. (My regular sized Ranger mat that I adhered to a self-healing cutting mat was fine after years of use. I didn’t cut on it! lol)

If you watch Barb’s videos on the Joggles blog, that’s what she works on. I ended up using a Tim glass mat instead, which has a white area for accurate color viewing, and my table tops are covered with plexiglass.

But someone could cover their table top with glass and adhere white paper underneath wherever they want their white “palette” to be!
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Yes? I'd think the paint would bead up on the plastic. Maybe it depends on the plastic. Thanks! I surely love the size idea. It just makes you think bigger naturally, doesn't it? How fun!

Here's a video showing how she does it... She talks about the plastic at approximately 8:00 (she works mainly in acrylics):


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