Artists ideas to get your Paint Palette ready by Miabo Enyadike


Paint Palette Mistakes Artists need to know.

                                      ABSTRACT ART BY MIABO ENYADIKE


One of the fundamentals I learned in undergrad art school as a first year student was have a clean palette. 

Making sure there were no leftover paint that could eventually undermine my painting. This is the first tip, and it is simple keep your paint palette clean and clear. And trust me that has lived with me.

Always have the right kind of palette to start off with. Your palette should be non-porous to prevent absorption of oil from the paint. Palettes come in a variety of different materials from glass to wood. 

My personal preference is the NIUBEE CLEAR PALETTE as shown below. I have found this palette the easiest to clean and best for mixing colors. 


NIUBEE Clear Plastic Paint Palettes 10.5x15 Inches Size 2 Sets,
Oval Plexiglas Art Palette for Acrylic Oil Paints Mixing - Easy Clean 
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Starting out for the first time, it may be a good idea to start with a fairly limited palette of colors. You don't have to purchase every color under the sun, you may find yourself mixing too many different colors, which will result in a muddy painting. 

Slowly start off in the beginning, then add more colors as you become more experienced. Color choices for a limited palette vary from artist to artist. 


ZenART Professional Oil Paints Set - 8 x Large 45ml Tubes - Essential Palette for Artists, Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, and Lightfast Paint with Exceptional Pigment Load - The Infinity Series

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Here are the colors of my palette: Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange, Phthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Medium, Phthalo Green, Titanium White, Ivory Black.

 I recommend purchasing 1.25 oz tubes of all colors except Titanium White. Purchase a larger tube of Titanium White, as you will be using more of this color.

Try getting into the habit of laying out your colors the same way every time you paint. This is just good practice and keeps the painting process flowing nicely. Arrange your colors along the edges of your palette leaving a lot of room in the center for mixing.

Continuously squeezing out paint especially when you are working, it makes you less productive. Always squeeze a lot of paint on the palette, especially white paint as you will need a lot during painting.


Winsor & Newton 1437644 Winton Oil Color Paint, 200-ml Tube, Titanium White

Always try to include all of the colors you think you will need to complete that session of painting as well. Again, this will make you more productive.

When I add paint to the palette, I have found that squeezing the paint out in long lines, as opposed to puddles, keeps my colors cleaner. 

When you have puddles of paint, they tend to get soiled by other colors when mixing. With a long line of paint, you can just take paint from the end as needed and not dirty the rest. Keep some rags or paper towels handy for wiping your palette knife clean.

CONDA Palette Knife Painting Stainless Steel Spatula Palette Knife Oil Paint Metal Knives Wood Handle (Red 5 Piece)


This tip is important and a good idea to continuously wipe your palette clean during the painting process. There is nothing more frustrating then trying to remove dried up oil paint.

 Always Keep some alcohol handy in order to keep the mixing area of your palette clean.You can get more tips from this magazine below the Artist's Pallet is a also a very helpful resource.


                               Artist's Palette

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These painting Tips, are easy to use when starting out as a fresh painter, I hope the help in organizing your palette....Good luck with your painting project.


                        Miabo Enyadike

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