This will save you time and money
You know how we recommend you paint with a lump of glass paint (not a teaspoonful) because that way you can just cut off a slice or two at a time and dilute it to any consistency and density you want?
OK, so let’s spend time today considering your whole palette and how to care for it.
Specifically, how to leave it when you’ve finished painting for the day.
And pay attention here because if you’re not doing what I’m going to suggest you do, then you’re wasting time and/or money.
Yes. You’ll waste time – or money – unless …
Now I’ve got your absolute attention, examine this here photograph:
OK, so here you see two palettes at the end of a long day’s painting.
Top-left is palette A.
Bottom right is palette B.
My question to you is: when I cover up both lumps of paint, which palette will be easier for me to work with tomorrow morning?
Remember: we’re talking time and money here.
If I spend unnecessary time cleaning my palette and re-mixing paint etc. etc., that will cost me time.
Also, if my paint dries out, it’s inevitable that, when I re-grind it, I’ll lose some because it flies off around the studio.
Maybe even worse, it will also distract my attention from what I really want to be getting on with: tracing and shading and so forth. And one thing a glass painter – any crafts-person – hates, is … wasting their attention.
It’s not what your life is meant to be about.
Is it palette A?
So now, to help you choose, here’s a close-up of palette A:
And here it is again, covered as I will leave it for the night:
Or is it palette B?
And here’s palette B:
And here it is, covered, as I will leave it for the night:
You choose: which palette will be easier to work with tomorrow morning?
And remember, over a month, the wrong decision might waste an hour or two of your life. Over a year, you could be talking about a wasted day: a whole day. Think about it. It’s important.
It’s your life, your time, your money.
And the answer is …
Well, here are both palettes the next day:
It’s not palette A because, although the palette itself is clean, the paint beneath the lid has dried out:
This lump will need a thorough mixing. This will take 5 minutes or more. It’s a messy, thankless, pointless job – pointless in the sense of avoidable.
Here’s palette B:
See how the lump of paint is still moist and glistening? You can see with your own eyes it won’t take long to get going with your day’s work. No fuss. No mess. No wasted time.
Quickly back to work.
Palette A looked tidy – indeed it was tidy: far tidier than palette B – but there was a bed of paint around the lump. The paint is porous. Overnight, air seeped through and “attacked” the lump.
Result: a dried out lump of glass paint, needing time and work to bring it back to life.
Palette B looked relatively untidy. But … the lump was sealed with water and just a tiny bit of paint whose gum Arabic then sealed the lid and palette together, keeping the lump as airtight as possible in the circumstances.
Result: a most and glistening lump next day, just needing a little bit of care to get things going again.