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!