Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Staining Colors Can Stain Your Palette
Yesterday, I began preparing for my watercolor class which starts tomorrow.  I took out my old class palette which is just like the bottom one shown here.  The last time I had used it, I guess I left the red paint a little bit wet.  Red paint had drizzled down out of it's well and spread across the big mixing area.  Having been there for months, it left a nice big red stain in the white plastic.  It would not wipe clean with plain water or even soap and water.  I decided to try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge.  I dampened the sponge and swiped it through the big stain and it disappeared!  I was so happy, because I find it very distracting to have remnants of old colors on my palette even when they're nothing but a stain and cannot interfere with the new colors I'm mixing.  

I was so pleased, I wiped away the big red stain, I cleaned up the edges of the palette, the lid and bottom too with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, it is magic!  It even wipes away Sharpie marker.  I was able to wipe off the names of colors that were no longer in my palette.  I normally use nail polish remover to remove the old names.  I always write the name of the watercolor on the sides of my palette.  

After I so nicely cleaned up my palette I thought, this could be the new Tuesday's Tip!  Only problem was, my palette was clean, how can I show you?  A picture of a nice white palette means nothing, it could be new.  So I dug out all of my palettes.  I found one with a light green stain (bottom of the stack) and one with a purple stain (top of the pile) and the inside of a lid.  I snipped off about an inch of one of the Mr. Clean Sponges, dampened it and only partially wiped away each stain so you can see how well it worked.  Afterwards I wiped it down with a damp paper towel to remove any residue.  

Give those old white plastic palettes a fresh white look!

I even tried it on my white art table top.  It removes sharpie pen marks, pitt pen marks, dingy grey marks and even acrylic paint splatters.  Amazing stuff! 


Kathleen said...

Wow! Even acrylic? That is some powerful stuff! Thanks for the tip =)

Reyna Lay said...

This will also erase paint off your paper if you decide u didn't like it. Wait to erase once its dry though. :)



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