Preparing an oil painting palette ahead of time will keep your art space organized. Learn how in this free art lesson video.
Hello. I'm Stevie Moore. Welcome to my studio here at the Artist's Attic in Lexington, Kentucky. Alright, I'd like take a moment to show you my palette that I've put all of these paints on. I'm using a glass palette. This is good because I can see through this palette and I can see through transparent colors and see exactly what type of color they're going to make. You don't have to use a glass palette. I prefer one. I've been using it for about five years, but you can use disposable palettes on waxy paper, you can use plastic, you can use wood. There is a order to how I have squirted out my paints onto this palette. I've got my earth tones over here. I've got my reds moving to the lighter oranges and yellows. And then into the green spectrum with the light greens proceeding into the darker and darker greens. Underneath them, I have my light blues proceeding to the dark blue. And then, I have created this line of white, in order to allow myself to be able to get some white paint on the brush in different areas without contaminating them with different colors because we're going to be mixing a lot of different colors with this white, and we want to be able to get a fresh, clean bit of white each time. The general order, also, it just helps you remember which colors are which, and if you follow that pattern, it's pretty good to memorize that. I'm also going to be using this product, called Liquin. This speeds drying time, and it actually will make your oil paint dry to the touch in about twenty-four to forty-eight hours. This is good for base coats. It's also just a good general thinner for your paint. Then, later on, in our final coat, in our detail coat, I'm going to be using a gel medium. This makes colors a little more transparent, and allows you to use glazing techniques on them.