I'm not the most experienced painter of miniatures in the world. Hell I'm not even the most experienced amongst my friends. Most if not all the people I know who do paint minis are as good as, or better at it than I am. However, I'm not concerned with that too much. I simply want to paint my figures to a level of quality that I'm proud to put on the table for a game with. Also, I'm lazy and don't want to spend hours or even days painting up a single unit that might not even make it across the table intact!
In order to do that one requires paint, brushes, time and patience. I have the first two, the third and fourth tend to come and go over time. Recently I've focused more time into my miniature gaming, and have expanded both my skill and tool sets. The latest thing I've decided to add is a starter set of War Paints by Army Painter. These are new to me because they're different from my Games Workshop and P3 paints in one simple but substantial way: this paint comes in dropper bottles.
Unlike the paint pots I already have I can't simply open, stir, dip my brush and start painting. I need to pour some paint out somewhere first. So I poured a few drops on my dry palette and gave it a shot. One problem became apparent within seconds of trying that however...acrylic paint dries really quickly under a work lamp! As in less than a minute sort of quickly.
I needed a way to keep the paint moist while I worked with it. I needed a wet palette. There are a lot of commercially available wet palettes out there, but I didn't want to invest in something that seemed simple enough, only to decide I didn't like it a short time later. So here's how I made one for less than four dollars.
Step 1: Find a suitable container
Step 2: Find (or cut) a sponge to fit inside.
Step 3: Go to the grocery store and buy some parchment paper.
Step 4: Cut some pieces of parchment paper to fit in your container.
Step 5: Soak everything in water and put it in the container.
Step 6: Pour and mix your paint, then paint whatever you want.
My palette isn't very big and only has room for about four colours before it starts getting crowded. For now I imagine that'll be more than enough. As I gain more experience mixing my own colours I may need to graduate to a larger container. I'm actually very happy with the container I chose though, because it fits almost perfectly in the spot on my Paint Station that used to have the dry palette. I couldn't have planned that better if I'd tried!
One last note. Just to experiment, I painted some items on Saturday and left the remaining paint on the palette with the lid closed. On Monday morning I was able to just stir it with the tip of my brush and continue using it. Considering that my container is nowhere near air-tight, I'd say that'll do for my purposes.