How To Make An Environmentally Friendly Paint Palette

Jacqueline shares helpful ideas on becoming an environment friendly artist

Hi there! What do you do when you're painting and you got loads of paint at the end of the day?

and also what if you’ve been using the plastic plates to put our paint on, which used to be a great idea. It’s something that I’ve been doing  a lot of in the past, because you don’t have to do too much cleanup, you can jus chuck it in the bin. But at the end of  a workshop for example, I end up with the whole garbage bag full of plastic plates and I’m changing my ways. We’ve all got to do that thing to help the planet.

I really noticed it when I was in Europe that’s things aren’t just changing in Australia, it’s in Europe as well. You now everybody’s going through la sécheresse or the drought, in all orts of places you would never expected to happen. It’s really, this global warming is no fun and it’s not great for the future so we all need to do anything we can and I’ve loved any tips that you want to send me to Facebook messenger, Jacqueline Coates. I’ll share them with the audience.

So here’s what I’ve got in mind I picked up these along the way so my painting workshop in Horsham. It’s just 15 I guess once again plastic, but we’re going to use it over and over and over again. So, I’ve given it one of these each to my students, it’s got a lid so you can keep the paint wet at the end of the day and use it the next day and also we’re going to turn it into a basic wet palette as well. Taking paper towel off a roll that looks like this.

So taking the paper towel, we’ve just put in four sheets will do it. Well, three sheets even will do it and you can reuse this part of it as well. Find a friend for some water, put in enough water that you don’t turn it into a swimming pool, just so that the water absorbs that paper. Splashing the rest of it, this will keep your paints damp and stop the tops of them drying it out, because there’s nothing worse when you use acrylic when the paint goes hard on you right when you’re in the flow of knowing what color should want where and you’re trying to get your thing down.
Not everybody’s paint fast, it’s great if you can paint fast, coz and you avoid that issue, but this really keeps your paint looking good.

Now this is the old-fashioned kind of grease-proof paper it’s a sort that you know came from the canteen at school, Vegemite and cheese sandwiches would be wrapped in it and squash down in the bottom of your  school bag from mum was wrapped in it. It’s absorbent it’s not like the new amazing baking papers that dance biscuits off the tray. It’s actually much more porous, we just place that, I like shiny side up, it doesn’t really matter and I’ve pop in enough, just cut one to size up the roll, cheapest chips. So this is the part that will be changing over just the paper element and what’s great about this is you don’t have to wash it down the sink, as one of my students pointed out. Thank you, Pat for the extra benefit. Pat’s actually a schoolteacher, so she’s had to deal with lots of paint at the end of the class. So it’s one of the first things she’s thought of.

You can just actually peel this off, so if I put my paint out, I just put the paint out on top that’s not damp, but it’s not wet just check that it doesn’t have water dripping and ripped got it perfect, okay? So after I finished my painting exercise, I’ll basically peel off that bit of paper and throw that part in the bin and put another piece of paper down on top and ready to go. At the end of the day, my paint are going to be safe if I want to work with them next day. I just simply put the lid on top and then there you go and if you’re gonna be longer than a day just pop the whole lot in the fridge and make sure the family don’t eat it, then you’ll be fine.

Any tips that you’ve got for environmental, being an environmental artist I’d like to know about them and great goal for us to share. We all got to do our bit, we don’t want to put paint down the sink, we don’t want to generate more waste than we need to and put that in the paper recycle and separate your plastic. Buy in bulk so you don’t have so much plastic wrapping.

Okay, thanks very much and I hope that was helpful to keep your paint nice and moist for summer, minimize wastage and minimize wastage for the planet.

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