Hello friends and welcome back. It’s been a while since l have posted a blog, and I am sorry if l have been MIA for a while. I ventured off to the Azores for a few weeks and then came back to tones of work that l had to catch up on. I am finally back on track and thought l would share with you an art supply that is not a necessity but l have recently found to be an asset. Lately l have been collecting porcelain and ceramic palettes. I honestly have no idea why it has taken me so long to try one of these palettes and l don’t know why l missed out on using these palettes for years. Ever since l tried one l have been on a mission to collect and try all different kinds, as l absolutely love using them for my watercolours and acrylics.
I encourage you to try one, the colours appear true when mixing in one, as they tend not to get stained, and cleanup is effortless. So let me tell you, that when you try one out, it will be a real treat.
I also find them visually pleasing when leaving them out on my work station. They aren’t hard to find either as the variety out there is fantastic. They only con l find is they are not easily portable.
And where do i find them?
Before l begin talking about the types l prefer, l want to assure you that l am not being sponsored on any of these products and these are my own opinions.
When l started looking for a porcelain or ceramic palette, I found that some had small and what looked like poorly designed wells. I read that this could potentially damage your brushes and be difficult to use, so I tend to look for ones that have bigger wells such as porcelain egg palettes. I love these, because they have oval wells that are generously sized to store and mix your paints, they are slightly slanted and are big enough for large brushes.
Some palettes don’t come with mixing wells, so I use both palettes to store my paints in and all sorts of porcelain and ceramic surfaces for mixing, such as simple white plates and ceramic flower palettes, these are affordable and great for mixing.
However the con to using more than one, is space. If you’re limited, you may not want both on your working area, it’s all about preference and what you like working with. Try to find a palette that includes a ceramic lid that can also be used for mixing. Personally, l prefer using both. l have my palette to store my paints in and a separate surface that offers me lots of room for mixing and the capability for easy cleanup without disturbing my stored paints. I have found some of my favourites on Amazon, “Tannex Porcelain egg platter” it is economical and has large wells. It doesn’t come with a lid but you could always cut a plastic lid that sits on top. The “Atworth Fine White 5.7” 7 wells ceramic square artist paint palette” is also another one of my favourites because the wells are large enough for mixing and cleanup is speedy.
Now the next two palettes below, l lucked out and found at a local thrift shop for an amazing price, but if you are interested in getting the same ones, they are both available on Amazon. I absolutely love these for a couple of reasons. The “Trudeau Maison Snail Dishes, set of 4”, and “The Porcelain Stack-able Palette”, are great if you are looking for space saving and compact palettes, and because they are stack-able your paints are covered. The stack-able palette is ideal for mixing.
Check your local Dollar stores and thrift shops for white ceramic finds, such as white soap dishes, plain ceramic white plates, or any kind of white ceramic platters, these options are great for mixing trays. They are great spots for finding ultimate ceramic white palette treasures. I have lucked out a few times.
I have yet to invest in a porcelain all-one palette, although they can store a lot of colours and are extremely useful for mixing paint, they tend to be expensive. Without seeing them in person, the cost of shipping and then having to return it could be a pain. I believe they would take up more space than the other options l have suggested. I have to admit that there is an all-in-one porcelain palette that l keep checking for a sale and would like to buy as it had excellent reviews. It is the “Jack Richeson Tom Lynch Porcelain Watercolour Palette”. It has 20 outer wells that look slightly sloped, and it has 2 mixing areas and comes with a lid that l could use for mixing. Although it only has 20 wells and l would prefer more,
l think for an all-in-one it has a nice design and it doesn’t seem too big.
If you are looking for a really cute ceramic palette that would make a sweet gift for your artist friend, then you will love this one. It’s the “Meeden Ceramic Rose Palette” measuring 6 inches in diameter, which l think is a perfect size. It isn’t the most ideal palette l have used, but l just love how pretty it is.
The “Jack Richeson 11 well porcelain palette with a lid” is a great one to start with if you are looking for something small that has a few wells and one area in the center of the palette for mixing. This is a great palette that l found on Amazon that won’t break the bank, and it works well.
Remember to check out your local art stores as they can carry some really nice porcelain and ceramic palettes, and you can at least see which ones will suite your needs best.
Overall l have grabbed some great palettes that have been economical and enjoyable to use.
I would love to hear which ones are your favourites, please feel free to comment below.
Wishing you all a beautiful day.
I am hoping that l can be inspirational and informative. I always feel that paying it forward is a great way to live life. As a self taught artist l will try and share with you what l have learned.