Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wet Palette

No nails here, but some great information and DIY.

Some of you might not know this... but I had a blog called The Color Republic. I had to stop due to my pregnancy, the smells of nail polish made me sick to my stomach, and then for some odd reason my nails did not want to grow, despite the prenatal vitamins I was taking.

All this to say, I have been doing nail art, but not as long as some of these ladies I admire.

Okay back to the matter at hand... Those of you who use acrylic paint for you nail art, have you heard of a wet palette?

I use acrylic a lot, but I was getting upset that I had to squeeze out just a dot, and majority of the time, I felt like I was wasting it (yes honey, I am frugal). And not only that, but when I mixed some colors together to make a new one, it dried out faster than I could get a spray bottle to water it. How annoying.

So I got to researching, after I asked the hub if there was a contraption that could hold my paint without drying them out. He told me no and I was not satisfied. Immediately, all I could think of was a pill box, but I figured they are probably not air tight, and even air inside would dry out my "creations" or colors.

Then, I went online and found out we (nail artists) are not the only ones that use small amounts of acrylic at a time. There is another whole world/community of miniature figures that uses acrylic paints and had the same problem I did. But I think there acrylic may cost more than ours.

That is where I discovered this apparatus called the Wet Palette. The only thing was that I did not want to pay twenty bucks (Amazon) for something I know I can make at home.

So I did some more researching, and found out how I could make one.

wet palette for acrylic paint

All you need is:

A small tupperware container
Parchment paper (do not use wax paper, their not the same)
some paper towels, or sponge, or kleenex
and Water.

Yes, honey. I am so thrilled. Okay let me finish...

So wet your paper towel, and fold to the size of your container, place it at the bottom. (Make sure your paper towel is not pouring wet - you may have to experiment some afterward. I put too much in mine and the acrylic got watery after day one but still usable).

You can see I am picking up the parchment paper

Place your cut-to-size parchment paper on top of the paper towel and push it down to soak up the water. Make sure you swipe the beads of water that appear at the top. If your paper rolls up, you can flip it on the other side and smooth. Then wa-lah! You have yourself your very own wet palette!

Your paint will not dry up and you can store it for days, maybe even weeks.

Let me know if you tried it, and tell me how you like it. I am still excited. (Big Smile)

Below are some more pics..


  1. What a neat idea. I use acrylic paints all the time and this will definitely help. Thanks so much.

    1. I am glad you can use, let me know how you like it. It is a trial by error finding out how much water to use, too much water makes your paint runny and too little will dry up the parchment. Still trying to figure the best amount for storage. :)

  2. Great idea! Will definitely be trying this out! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks! Hope it works for you, it definitely should help your paint from drying out to quickly.