My local game store is hosting monthly painting challenges for the customers. The goal is to push the local painters to work with different models and paint different ways. I keep calling it a competition but it is a challenge. You might have seen my entry for February, it was a Chibi model and really pushed my painting skills. Well this month we have been presented with a Reaper miniature which is more in my wheel house. The challenge is I can only use 8 colors of paint and they can be mixes and thinned but only 8 colors. I decided to take this challenge a bit further and use all my new Liquitex paints I picked up from the local craft store. The colors I am going with are listed below.
One of the new skills I am going to have to learn is using a wet pallet. Since I will be mixing paints I will need to keep them active longer. One of my favorite painters recently posted a video on how to make a wet pallet that I just followed his instructions.
I am using a cigar tin for my wet pallet because I had one just sitting around. It is a solid bottom so the water will not leak out.
I played around with this last night and it does keep my paints active longer. I will need to learn how to thin my paints while using the wet pallet. The moisture on the pallet already thins the paints some so I just need to add less water.
I covered the wet pallet when I was done and checked it out this evening when I got home form work. The paints did separate some but still usable.
I was pleasantly surprise how much I liked using the wet pallet however it is some work getting it all set up. I do feel the extra effort setting up the wet pallet will pay off in the long run. I will be using it for this months painting challenge and if it helps with my painting I will continue to use it.
I will also be making my own washes since it is consider a paint. I have made washes before and learned a lot watching Mel at The Terrain Tutor. With everything set up it will be time to paint up this months model.