The lid is a nice feature, not only does in keep the dust off the paint when it’s not being used, but it can also be used as another mixing area. The extra mixing area means that I don’t have to stop in the middle of a painting to clean out an area to make room for new color mixes. Alternatively, the cover could be used to protect your desk from the wet brushes, sponges, water bucket, and tubes of paint.
|The cover can be used to protect |
your desk from paint and water.
DURABILITYThe John Pike Palette is thicker than the cheap watercolor palettes that you would find in a hobby store, and I suspect it will last a long time. The hinges are the weak point of many palettes because they can crack and break off. The Pike Palette doesn’t have hinges; the cover fits snugly to the palette.
STAINSThe palette is made from mold injected styrene plastic and it’s resistant to staining, although the manufacturer states that some of the more powerful staining colors such as Phthalo Blue can stain it over time. I use these colors and my palette still cleans up to a pure white. If you do manage to stain your palette, the instructions say they can be removed with kitchen cleaning products. They don’t mention the brand names but some artists recommend Ajax, glass cooktop cleaners, and other products. I never tried any of these products so I recommend that you test them out in an inconspicuous area to see if it scratches the plastic. Scratches are difficult to see on white plastic so brush some watercolor over the treated area to make them visible before you decide to scrub the entire palette.
PROBLEMS WITH WATER BEADING UP ON NEW WATERCOLOR PALETTESNew watercolor palettes often repel water. This can be annoying because it’s hard to judge the color of a wash when it instantly beads up into little droplets when you’re done mixing it. The beading will diminish on it’s own. I’ve noticed that if I allow the washes of paint to dry on the palette and then clean it off by misting it with water and wiping it off, it seems to reduce the beading.
MY COLOR PALETTEI’ve been using QOR watercolors and the colors that I use are listed below. I recently added Burnt Umber.
Hansa Yellow medium
Burnt Sienna (natural)
Perm Alizerin Crimson
Pyrrole Red Light
Phthalo blue GS
Phthalo green BS
|Here's a short animation of me unpacking the |
Pike Palette and squeezing QOR watercolor
paint into the wells.
The first time I squeezed paint into the palette, as seen in the animation above, I placed it in the center of the wells. I eventually realized that if I were to squeeze it against the sides or back of the well it would encourage the dirty water from my brush to drain away from the paint.
|I like to pile the paint up against the edge of the well so that the dirty |
water drains away from it. Notice how the Magenta paint is clean
even though the well is contaminated with other colors.
The angled lip in the front of the well is good for wiping off the excess paint from the tube after I squeeze out fresh paint; metal tubes of paint have a tendency to ooze paint after you stop squeezing them. Putting the cap on without wiping it off is what causes them to become difficult to remove, the paint gets into the threads and works like glue.
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