Which watercolour palette is best for me?
Here's a guide to the palettes we sell at Jackson's Art Supplies and their varying pros and cons.
Ceramic Watercolour Palettes
Ceramic watercolour palettes are:
- Long-lasting (providing you don’t drop them!)
- Easy to clean
They are best suited for painters working indoors. The paint is easily wiped from the palette, and provided it is not dropped, it will last a very long time! We also sell the very useful ceramic brush rests here, good for keeping your loaded watercolour brushes clean and also for stopping your brushes from rolling off any tables!
Plastic palettes are useful for painters working indoors and outdoors. There is quite a lot of variety when it comes to plastic palettes – the unbranded watercolour plastic palettes are really designed for art class use – out in the field they would blow away in the wind! They are lightweight and designed for occasional use, and they do have a lifespan. They are the affordable option, and may be all that most painters really need in their studio. We also sell plastic palettes by Jakar.
Heavy Duty Plastic Palettes for Heavy Use!
More sturdy than the affordable plastic palettes are the Mijello plastic paint palettes. These plastic palettes fold, and some are airtight keeping paints wet for longer. The folding palette is a must for anyone that wishes to take paints to an art class but then wishes to continue work at home. All the Mijello palettes have separate sections so that you can keep your individual colour mixes separate from one another. The inside of the lid also provides extra colour mixing space. From Mijello we offer the 18 well palette in blue, a 20 well palette in black, a 24 well palette in blue, a 24 well airtight palette, and the 24 well Symphony palette, which has half its wells in the inside of the lid. The dimensions of each are stated on the product description pages, which will also give an indication of how generous the amount of space for colour mixing is.
The John Pike palettes are made from injection molded styrene and are the sturdiest watercolour palettes around – there have been stories of these palettes being run over by a car and still they remain as new! The palettes do not get stained by watercolour pigment (with the exception of some of the very high staining pigments such as the Phthalos) . Jackson’s Art Supplies sells 2 John Pike palettes – the 20 well with regular sized wells, and the 18 well with extra large wells, which are really useful for those that like working with large broad washes. Both have a secure lid which again, offers more colour mixing space.
Shin Han Aluminium Folding Palette
The Shin Han Aluminium Folding palette is a incredibly popular palette among our regular customers. The aluminium is coated in a rich matte black enamel paint, making it look very smart when shut. Inside, you will find a glossy white enamel colour mixing area, divided into 4 main sections with 35 square slant wells lining the outside edge, where you can squeeze your colour without them bleeding into one another. There is a handy thumb slot for easy holding. When open the dimensions of the palette measure 12.6 x 14.5 ", and when shut they measure 14.5" x 6.3".
We also have a great range of metal watercolour boxes which include a fold out palette. View our watercolour boxes section to find out more.